The Silent Cry centers on two brothers who return after WWII to their ancestral home town in a village in rural Japan. The village is now dominated by a Korean businessman ironically called "The Emperor". One of the brothers has a mentally handicapped son (this is a frequent theme in the work of Oe and is a large factor in his own life) and The Silent Cry shows how he deals with this. This is the first of the works of Oe I have read in which
One of the brothers tries to come to understand why a long time friend had killed himself. The other brother tries to lead the local youths in a rebellion against the domination of the Korean. There is a lot of violence in this work and graphic sexual scenes. I recommend this book to anyone who has read some of the better known works of Oe and enjoyed them.
To me the work of Oe is a great world class cultural treasure.