Black Rain

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Bantam Books, 1985 - Fiction - 300 pages
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]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. lbuse bases his tale on real-life diaries and interviews with victims of the holocaust; the result is a book that is free from sentimentality yetmanages to reveal the magnitude of the human suffering caused by the atom bomb. The life of Yasuko, on whom the black rain fell, is changed forever by periodic bouts of radiation sickness and the suspicion that her future children, too, may be affected. lbuse tempers the horror of his subject with the gentle humor for which he is famous. 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 treatments of the Hiroshima story.

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The beauty of this book was in the simplicity, yet, it easily slid into the realm of too simple and inelegant. To be honest I blame the translator - the understatement of the plot line suggested it would be a better work than it was. Read full review

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One sees the sights as described by the author, the dead bodies oozing blood and vacant stares of people who lost their kin post the Hiroshima holocaust. Definitely one of those books that jolt you out of your banal, everyday routine of cribbing with your first-world problems. Read full review

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The son of middle-class landowners, Ibuse grew up in the country, for which he always retained a special feeling. While a student majoring in French literature, he published his first story and has since won almost every literary prize in Japan. His work is known for its eloquent use of dialect, irony, historical settings, and dry, sometimes dark humor.

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