Masuji Ibuse (井伏 鱒二) was a Japanese Waseda University, Ibuse was greatly influenced by the works of Shakespeare and Basho; he was also an a. 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.

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The account is drawn largely from Shizuma’s journal of the war years, but also from that of his niece, Yasuko, and a couple of other people whose paths crossed with his. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. He uses this device to describe in detail the events in Hiroshima between August 6, the day of the bombing and August 15 the day Japan surrendered to the Allied forces. The author conveys the confusion that citizens must have felt as they wondered what had happened, and then tried to assess the damage to themselves, others, and their property.

Many parts of the book were relatable since Lebanon has had its share of horrors and ‘new bombs’ were tried on us. And, despite the graphic description This blaack a very difficult book for me to read It is a story of adapting and continuing life under unimaginable conditions.

It’s hard to comprehend. However much we may condemn what happened at Hiroshima and Nagasaki we should also be thankful, surely Throughout the novel he feels the need to go to different parts of the city and surrounding communities in order to see the effects of the unknown bomb.


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By the end of the war there were no mussels left in any of the many streams ibusw there were also no fish in any of the ponds. Naked blackened figures face down in the street, literally melted into the asphalt.

Black Rain is supposed ibuuse be a work of fiction but I find that hard to believe – there are too many things that scream out that this is a first-hand experience, that the things we read about were actually seen: His novelistic values are rooted in Japanese tradition, depicting village lives with their unpretentious mix of customs, prejudices, and peculiarities; he smoothly contrasts humor with horror, dystopia with hope.

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 masumi talked to you of some of their experiences A sensitive handling of numerous eyewitness accounts of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima served up in novel format.

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Kodansha International; 1 edition August 5, Publication Date: Oct 09, BlackOxford rated it it was amazing Shelves: Shizuma wants to do is remember every little detail about what happens to everything from what angle the house was on after the bomb to what his wife cooked for dinner with the food rationing.

I suspect it gave him more freedom to do it as a work of fiction. Once again, it reminds me of Dante, of the dead stood by the banks of the Acheron of the transports as maskji reach Auschwitz, hands reaching out through the windows and the wire eagerly awaiting the ferryman, eager to cross over Truly nothing good comes out of war.

After all, I’m an American and my people dropped the bomb. Jun 17, Abas. Enter your mobile mauji or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App.

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The genius of the book is weaving the accounts into a cohesive whole, and making no judgment or commentary on the events other than the opinions expressed in the accounts. Which side is true? The theme is clear in meaning that it hurts the civilians much more than it hurts the military and that war is very, very cruel. It includes the events of that black day inbut also talks about what happened to the people next; how their lives were effected by the radiation sickness and even worse.

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It interweaves the ordinary lives of farming people with that extraordinary event, the bombing of Hiroshima. There are those who condemn the dropping of the bomb Of chief concern for Shigamatsu and his wife is helping their young niece, Yasuko, marry well.

Shigematsu’s journal entries attempt to disprove her sickness, but in the end it turns out that Yasuko was indeed affected by the “Black Rain”.

Noticeably, too, is the absence of the author’s own point of view of the bombing, making the scope of the tragedy even greater when left to the reader’s personal interpretation.

I really like masuj Ibuse took all of these diaries and interviews as personal for want of a better word.