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An Echo of Heaven

Oe, Kenzaburo

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ISBN 10: 4770019866 / ISBN 13: 9784770019868
Published by Kodansha International, Tokyo/New York, 1996
Condition: Near Fine+ Hardcover
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1st Edition/1st Printing (complete number line) English language edition. SIGNED by Kenzaburo Oe on a a bookplate decal (in English and Japanese characters) affixed to title page. $25.00 price present on DJ flap. Translated by Margaret Mitsutani. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 019339

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Title: An Echo of Heaven

Publisher: Kodansha International, Tokyo/New York

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine+

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition

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After suffering a series of personal tragedies including the loss of her two sons, Marie Kuraki leaves her home in Japan searching for a way to understand her life and finds herself venerated as a saint in a remote Mexican village

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In An Echo of Heaven, Nobel Prize winner Kenzaburo Oe tells the riveting story of Marie Kuraki, a seductive, perverse intellectual whose two young sons, one retarded and one crippled, commit suicide. Thus begins Marie's intellectual, spiritual, and sexual journey to find meaning in this horrific tragedy. Oe, who draws a provocative but sympathetic portrait of Marie, supplements his narrative with old letters and journal entries from those whose lives she influenced.

Oe's prose (as translated by Margaret Mitsutani) is cold and precise, perhaps to maintain emotional distance since Oe himself has a mentally handicapped son. The description of Marie's quest also affords him the opportunity to engage in profound reflections on faith, sin, death, sexuality, heaven, and hell. --Madeline Crowley

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