Kenzaburo Oe, winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize in Literature, dies

The Japanese writer passed away on March 3, however, his editorial barely released the information

Japanese writer Kenzaburo Oe, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature who wrote dark, poetic novels inspired by his childhood memories of Japan’s post-war occupation and his experience as the father of a disabled son, has died. He was 88 years old.

Kenzaburo Oe died of old age on March 3, according to its publisher, Kodansha Ltd. The company did not provide further details about the death, saying the funeral was held as a family.

Oe won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1994, the second Japanese author to win the award.

The Swedish Academy recognized his work of fiction, in which “a poetic force creates an imagined world in which life and myth condense to form a bewildering image of current human dilemmas.”

His most characteristic works were marked by the birth of his son, with intellectual disability, in 1963.