: 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. Masuji Ibuse’s classic novel “Black Rain” takes readers into the everyday lives of a family poisoned by radiation sickness. The narrative.

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Masuji Ibuse – Black Rain book review | Condemned to Obscurity

One of the many reasons I lament my inability to read the original Japanese is that I hate to blame the wrong person Ibuse, John Bester, editor, etc. It is literally beyond my comprehension to grasp what it was like to live through that event.

It is always about survival, of the individual as part of the nation Mar 13, Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk rated it it was amazing Shelves: To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: It’s hard to read. But Japan had recovered itself then; so why not now in the wake of the latest American invasion?

We know the horror. The only problem that I can see ibude this type of ending is that the reader wants to know what has raon to the community after a few years but what the writer is trying to say is very clear and enforced with people crying because they lost the war.

I don’t know how Japanese people feel about the bombings today. The question is not so much medical as spiritual.


Struck down by the blast, I may actually have lost consciousness. However much we may condemn what happened at Hiroshima and Nagasaki we should also be thankful, surely In brief, this book by Masuji Ibuse based “his tale on real-life diaries and interviews with victims of the holocaust” back cover rqin by the atomic bomb on August 6, at Hiroshima around 8.

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Black Rain

Shizuma was not only interested in what happened to the people of the community but he was also interested in finding out what the weapon used was called and made out of. The tension between Mr. Want to Read saving…. The book is not written in a sensational overdramatic way to make you cry rivers over the silliest detail, it is actually written in a sort of matter-of-fact and thus the sadness and tears well up inside in non excessive yet more lasting or lingering way.

Blacl eels that were viewed in the river were still in the larvae stage and they were swimming upriver. All you ask for with something like this is testimony; you want the book to stay out of its own way, and Ibuse does that. This site uses cookies.

The crying was not only because the war was lost but also for the people that died, or are dyeing, in the community. You’d think it’d be permeated with rage, but it’s not. As an outsider to Japanese culture, I cannot know ibkse Ibuse resolves that tension or makes it more pronounced. Shizuma is a person that is intrigued by many things and likes to see what reaction people have from any action.


Return to Book Page. Ibuse’s tale recounts the lives of innocent, or Thundery black clouds had borne down on us from the direction of the city, and the rain from them had fallen in streaks the thickness of a fountain pen. Throughout the novel he feels the need to go to different parts of the city and surrounding communities in ibkse to see the effects of the unknown bomb. For some reason in my mind it was total annihilation, but of course it wasn’t as clean as that.

The walking wounded with great sheaths of black skin hanging on them; the suppurating lice-ridden bedsores; the dead piled up like cord wood. Japan was, after all, a defeated power was she not? Its characters talk to us directly through their diaries, face-to-face in what could easily be a haunting conversation after a meal – a conversation in which you have been stunned into silence, listening, jaw dropping.

Sending Japanese literature westward Red Circle Authors, a unique endeavor in the publishing world, aims to connect East and West through b,ack. Is it ok to survive the hell when others didn’t? The mushroom cloud Alice ate turned everything bigger and littler and nothing made any sense.