Barefoot Gen: Life after the bomb
One of the earliest Japanese manga titles to be published in the West, here is the bombing of Hiroshima, seen through the eyes of the artist as a young boy growing up in Japan and told as a graphic narrative. This edition is an unabridged new translation of the author's first-person experiences which follows the original story's subsequent development into a 10 book series. Volume one: the events leading up to and immediately following the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Volume two: three survivors of the bombing of Hiroshima (Gen, his mother and baby sister) struggle for food, water, and shelter amid chaos and vast human suffering. Volume three: Gen and his mother continue to face rejection, hunger, and humiliation in their search for a place to live. Volume four: 9 days after the bomb and though confronted with the most despicable aspects of humankind, Gen acts with love and compassion. Volume five: focuses on the ethical dilemmas faced by a peace-loving family in a highly militarized culture. Volume six: 'Papa,' the journalist who serves as a father figure to Gen's war orphan friends, writes an eyewitness account of the bombing. Volume seven: Gen, grown old enough to think about the legacy of the victims of the atomic bombing searches for a printer willing to publish Papa's novel. Gen and Ryuta manage to get the book printed and distributed, only to arouse the wrath of U.S. Army censors, who teach them a hard lesson about the politics of memory. Meanwhile, Gen's brother Koji returns home at last, only to find that their mother is on her deathbed. Volume eight: opening in 1950, Gen is now in middle school, where he meets both a progressive-minded schoolteacher at odds with his conservative superiors, and a brilliant but cynical classmate who challenges the teacher's - and Gen's - values at every turn. Gen also finds himself confronting the corrosive effects of drugs and the arms industry on postwar Hiroshima society. With the Korean War offering new business opportunities, a new generation of death merchants holds sway in Japan. Gen, his mentor, and peace-minded citizens are forced to struggle against red-baiting school officials, violent nationalists, and government censorship -- from publisher statements.
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Review: Barefoot Gen, Volume Two: The Day After (Barefoot Gen #2)User Review - Shelly - The Illustrated Librarian - - Goodreads
Follows our hero, Gen into the day after the bomb is dropped on Hiroshima. Nakazawa-san sends Gen on various errands for his mother and others victims he tried to help. This is a great method for the ... Read full review