“Rouse Up is a series of linked, meditative stories that examine Nobel laureate Oe's changing relationship with his adolescent brain-damaged son through the prism of [William] Blake's poetry . . . offset by the candor and clarity of his prose and the brute force of his unblinking self-criticism.” San Francisco Chronicle
Rouse Up O Young Men of the New Age!
978-0-8021-3968-9 • $13.00 • Paperback • Mar. 2003
Rouse Up O Young Men of the New Age! is a virtuoso novel from one of today’s finest authors. K is a famous writer living in Tokyo with his wife and three children, one of whom is mentally disabled. This child, Eeyore, has been doing disturbing thingsbehaving aggressively, asserting that he’s dead, even brandishing a knife at his motherand K, given to retreat from reality into abstraction, looks for answers in his lifelong love of William Blake’s poetry. As K struggles to understand his family and his place in it, he must also reevaluate his relationship with his own father and the duty of artists and writers in society. A remarkable portrait of the inexpressible bond between a father and his damaged son, Rouse Up O Young Men of the New Age! is the work of an unparalleled writer at his sparkling best.