By Kenzaburō Ōe
Kenzaburo Oe, the winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize for Literature, is the world over acclaimed as some of the most very important and influential post-World conflict II writers, identified for his robust bills of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and his personal fight to return to phrases with a mentally handicapped son. The Swedish Academy lauded Oe for his "poetic strength [that] creates an imagined international the place existence and fable condense to shape a disconcerting photo of the human difficulty today."
His hottest ebook, a private topic is the tale of poultry, a pissed off highbrow in a failing marriage whose Utopian dream is shattered while his spouse supplies beginning to a brain-damaged baby.
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The maul I use is a twenty-pound iron wedge welded to a thirty-inch pipe. It’s red. An easy hit sends a mediumsized log ﬂying apart. A well-placed, full-powered hit goes through a log two feet wide. Most of the beasts I’m pounding are at least that big. The logs are from two trees that fell on the house within the ﬁrst weeks of our moving in. The ﬁrst one ripped out the electricity and telephone. The second fell mainly on the [ 45 ] marc parent garage. Catalpa trees. Giants of the forest. I measured the trunks and came up with sixteen feet around for one and twelve for the other — a magnitude that on any other tree would be a sign of stoic perseverance.
Casey drops his vine and runs over to join Owen. The two of them race their ﬁngers through the brush. Dick tosses his head back in a long laugh.
There’s nothing that I know of that makes you feel your body in quite the same way as burning through twenty or so logs with a maul on a cold morning. It’s impossible to harbor any feeling of insigniﬁcance as you’re busting the monsters apart. Heats you twice, the oldtimers say. Near-zero weather in a T-shirt is just ﬁne once you get going. The maul I use is a twenty-pound iron wedge welded to a thirty-inch pipe. It’s red. An easy hit sends a mediumsized log ﬂying apart. A well-placed, full-powered hit goes through a log two feet wide.
A Personal Matter by Kenzaburō Ōe