Ōe Kenzaburō Prize

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The Kenzaburō Ōe Prize (大江健三郎賞) is a Japanese literary award sponsored by Kodansha (講談社) and established in 2006 to commemorate both the 100th anniversary of Kodansha's establishment and 50th anniversary of the writing life of Kenzaburō Ōe (大江健三郎). The award is for Japanese literary novels published in the last year. The winning work is selected solely by Ōe. The winner receives no cash award, but the novel is translated into other languages such as English, French and German for publication. Kenzaburō Ōe has an open conversation with the winner.

Since one of the aims of this award is the promotion of Japanese novels of the younger generation which are the representations of words of the Japanese intellectuals, this prize is awarded to the best novel which contains the best 'literary words' with possibilities and results judged by Ōe.[clarification needed]

List of winners[edit]

Year Author Japanese title English title
2007 長嶋有
Yū Nagashima
夕子ちゃんの近道
Yūko-chan no Chikamichi
Yūko's Shortcut
2008 岡田利規
Toshiki Okada
わたしたちに許された特別な時間の終わり
Watashitachi ni Yurusareta Tokubetsu na Jikan no Owari
The End of the Special Time Allowed to Us
2009 安藤礼二
Reiji Ando
光の曼荼羅 日本文学論
Hikari no Mandara, Nihon Bungaku Ron
Mandala of Light: on Japanese Literature
2010 中村文則
Fuminori Nakamura
掏摸
Suri
The Thief (tr. Satako Izumo and Stephen Coates)
2011 星野友幸
Tomoyuki Hoshino
俺俺
Ore Ore
It's Me, It's Me
2012 綿矢りさ
Risa Wataya
かわいそうだね?
Kawaisou da ne?
Isn't It a Pity?

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