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Editorial Reviews. Review. “This painful and very beautiful book gives two powerful : Black Rain (Japan’s Modern Writers) eBook: Masuji Ibuse. : Black Rain (Japan’s Modern Writers) (): Masuji Ibuse, John Bester: Books. (Black Rain ) The importance of the name of the bomb may seem ineffectual, but he seems to dwell on finding out what caused this type of destruction.

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This is a book which must be read. He majored in French at Waseda University and joined the School of Fine Arts to pursue a serious interest in painting. His first story, “Salamander,” was published inwhen Ibuse was still a student, and by the early s his eloquent use of dialect and his unique prose style had established him as one of the leading figures in the Japanese masji world.

In the years since he has been awarded almost every literary prize in Japan, and on the publication of Black Rain Ibuse was presented with both the Cultural Medal and Japan’s highest literary award, the Noma Prize. Black Rain has been translated into eleven foreign languages. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Black Rain is centered around the story of a young woman who was caught in the radioactive “black rain” that fell after the bombing of Hiroshima. The life of Yasuko, on whom the black rain fell, is changed forever by periodic bouts mmasuji radiation sickness and the suspicion that her future children, too, may be affected. His sensitivity to the complex web of emotions in a traditional community torn asunder by this historical event has made Black Rain one of the most acclaimed maduji of the Hiroshima story.

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Review “This painful and very beautiful book gives two powerful messages—of drastic warning, yet also of affirmation of life. Japan’s Modern Writers Paperback: Kodansha International; 1 edition August 3, Language: Don’t have a Kindle? Masuki the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention black rain bombing of hiroshima radiation sickness atomic bomb masuji ibuse must read atomic bombs world war point of view read this arin a class human beings ever read japanese people ordinary people hiroshima and nagasaki read more books life after the war book to read read this book bombing of hiroshima.

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This is the most beautiful and most sad thing I’ve ever read. I literally had no idea. Thankfully, the author does not preach about the evils of what happened.

Rather, Black Rain simply describes what it was like for a few of the survivors of Hiroshima. It includes the events of that black day inbut also talks about what happened to the people next; how their maauji were effected eain the radiation sickness and even worse. The stigma of being at Hiroshima ruined their future. You would think they had suffered enough without the addition of such harmful gossip from their fellow countrymen. It’s very hard to see where the lines between fiction and non-fiction are in this book, but to me, that’s what makes it so great.

The kindle version has an interactive table of contents, and one can easily navigate between the chapters using the 5-way controller. This book is excellent because it zooms in on and transforms what is unquestionably a horrific tragedy of war into clear, everyday, straightforward, even mundane ,asuji never boring depictions of what average, ordinary human beings lived through in the days, weeks, and years following the dropping of the bombs. Most of the book is narration in the form of a journal written by an older japanese man Shigematsu who along with his wife and neice lived through the dropping of the bomb in Hiroshima.

Blacm the way other persons’ diaries or recollections are interspersed to form a chronological picture of the days before and after the bomb. The accounts are in themselves written in ordinary speech, and have the feel of conversation, as though you’d been invited for dinner over to these people’s houses, and they talked to you of some of their experiences The genius of the book is weaving the accounts rxin a cohesive whole, and making no judgment or commentary on the events other than the opinions expressed in the accounts.

These are everyday accounts in everyday speech, and perhaps for that very reason, make the tragedy the more real — Shigematsu and the others notice some details more than others, just the way that you the reader in your own life notice some things and not others. These details ring incredibly true You become both inured to seeing disfigurement and death because it is everywhere, raun moved at seeing it because it is your own friend or loved one who has been instantly burned, or who, years kasuji the blast, only then starts to lose their hair, and their teeth, and to develop terrible sores.

I got this book for a literature assignment, but I was able to choose which story I wanted mmasuji read and this one interested me the most. Rajn is not really graphic violence per say, but there are a lot of graphic descriptions of the people that were injured by the bomb. For anyone that enjoys history, or Japan and its culture, or literature in general, this is an excellent story that should be read. This is a quietly terrifying book, one of the best anti-war novels ever written.


The contrast between the description of beauty and horror give the book much nlack its power. Much of the beauty is in the glimpses of the agrarian and community life, in the love of family, and some of it is in simple, stunning imagery. Even blackk explosion itself is gone back to, over and over, in an msauji to get the words right.

It’s a sobering book, masuni a necessary one for any student of World War II or of world history. The difference between the country–the land, the community and its traditions–and the state is a distinction that will stay with me. One person found this helpful. Even if written years afterthis still has great impact. I also watched the film that sprung from the book. Somewhat different as it focused maasuji the marriageability of the young woman and the deaths of the other characters rather than the diary of that week after the bomb was dropped.

In its simplicity it reveals the dilemmas, tragedy, social norms and fears of Japanese society. A must-read for a hands-on account on the implications of war.

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