Other Literary Forms

(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

Although Kenzabur e first gained attention through his short stories, which are included in many anthologies of postwar Japanese writing, he has also written many novels, such as Kojinteki na taiken (1964; A Personal Matter, 1968) and Man’en gannen no futtoboru (1967; The Silent Cry, 1974). Pinchi rann chso (1976; The Pinch Runner Memorandum, 1994), Jinsei no shinseki (1989; An Echo of Heaven, 1996), and Shizuka na seikatsu (1990; A Quiet Life, 1996) are also powerful novels that have been translated into English. In addition, e has published many essays on literature and politics, the latter reflecting his political activism. Much of this nonfiction work has been collected in Aimai na Nihon no watakushi (1995; Japan, the Ambiguous, and Myself, 1995). e’s memoir of his life with his mentally disabled son, Kaifuku suru kazoku (1995; A Healing Family, 1996), includes beautiful watercolor paintings by his wife Itami Yukari.