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By Kenzabur? ?e

Kenzaburo Oe is among the most unique and critical writers of our instances, and nowhere is his genius extra glaring than in A Quiet Life-an uncanny combination of the true with the imagined, of memoir with fiction.

A Quiet existence is narrated by means of Ma-chan, a twenty-year-old lady. Her father is a well-known and engaging novelist; her older brother, notwithstanding significantly brain-damaged, possesses a nearly magical present for musical composition; and her mother’s lifestyles is dedicated to the care of them either. Ma-chan and her more youthful brother locate themselves emotionally at the outdoor of this oddly built . but if her father accepts a vacationing professorship from an American college, Ma-chan reveals herself abruptly the pinnacle of the family and on the heart of relatives relationships that she needs to start to redefine.

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Je partis sans un regard pour lui qui était resté planté sous les platanes. Il m’avait réveillé ; la hargne un moment anesthésiée revenait, en bouffées odorantes. À cette heure, on aurait dû être sous le cerisier, en bordure du petit champ de luzerne. Moi, je ne faisais pas la sieste, mais j’avais un livre poussiéreux, mille fois lu, entre mes deux coudes enfoncés dans l’herbe. Pépère avait laissé sa cigarette s’éteindre au coin de sa bouche (il faut beaucoup tirer pour qu’une cigarette roulée continue à se consumer).

Avec des fonds dont on ignore l’origine, il achète à Lerné, en son nom, une propriété de quinze hectares qu’il entend, avec des amis, mettre en valeur. Des histoires de bornage et de fournitures non payées l’amènent, plusieurs fois de suite, à agresser violemment des personnes du Chinonais qui portent plainte sans que, semble-t-il, suites soient données à ces actions de justice. Ne dit-on pas que même les gendarmes refusaient depuis quelque temps de s’aventurer sur les terres de la communauté agricole de Jouax…» Ces petits points de suspension-là valaient leur pesant de vacherie et m’intriguaient beaucoup.

Autour de lui, cinq jeunes gens, dont trois d’espèce masculine, les deux autres de genre indiscernable mais vraisemblablement femelle. Le fait que ma cible ait une aussi sale gueule me réjouissait à moitié. * M’assurant la collaboration d’un annuaire, j’eus vite fait de dégoter l’adresse de M. Baudoux, chirurgien, ainsi que son numéro de téléphone. En province, on se met rarement sur la liste rouge ou alors, c’est qu’on est un rude escroc ou bien un grand timide. Baudoux habitait boulevard Heurteloup, vers le milieu.

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