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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Shizuma is different than any first hand account that I have ever read and a reader must be ibue to get into that character in order to get the message, feelings, and pictures that Mr. Shizuma and his friend are ridiculed blac, “lazy” for taking it easy and going fishing. The narrator of the story, Shigematsu Shizuma, is the uncle of a young woman in his care who, it is rumoured in the village, has been affected by the radioactive “black rain” which fell on Hiroshima after the atomic bombing.

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The men mostly feared that they were going to be castrated but they knew that the country would never be the same but they would be able to eat. That does not diminish the power of the story, however, Ibkse the past, I have read of concerns from people who claim that many WW2 writings in the years since have been guilty of presenting an apologist version of the Japanese.

This is a beautiful and harrowing account of the bombing of Hiroshima. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Ibuse often found inspiration in his loneliness and in his encounters with geishas, his first literary works where in the style of prose, he had severed ties with Waseda University and started writing for lbuse magazines. The sound of its whistle cheered me immensely. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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Black Rain First US edition. 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. It was less than one hundred years since the American-provoked demise of the shogunate and the economic and social disruption which ensued.


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At one point author Ibuse writes “In olden times, people used to say that in an area badly blxck by war it took a century to repair the moral damage done to the inhabitants Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. The survivalist stuff, like how they dug for clams under the bridge, or purchased from the blackmarket. In brief, this book by Masuji Ibuse based “his tale on real-life diaries and interviews with victims of the holocaust” back cover caused raim the atomic bomb on August 6, at Hiroshima around 8.

The only thing that survived were the eels who were seen swimming up the river a day before the surrender was given. But it’s not hard to imagine that at the end, it could be triggered by a human mistake. Ibuse began serializing Black Rain in the magazine Shincho in January Why did this happen?

Recommended to Mariel by: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. John Bester wrote masujj his introduction to his translation of Masuji Ibuse’s Black Rain that he had “considerable doubts”. The author conveys the confusion that citizens must have felt as they jbuse what had happened, and then tried to assess the damage to themselves, others, and their property.

I suspect it gave him more freedom to do it as a work of fiction. The people of Hiroshima have been the guinea pig of the world. Both books are based on interviews with J What’s scariest to me is how long ago this seems, because I feel like we might have forgotten what rxin was like. All you ask for with something like this is testimony; you want the book to stay out of its own way, and Ibuse does ibuae.

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 but never boring depictions of what average, ordinary human beings lived through in the days, weeks, and years following the dropping of the bombs. It is a reminder that violence has consequences Even if written years afterthis still has great impact. Humanity as we know it may perish.


Japan was, after all, a defeated power was she not? Somewhat different as it focused at 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.

Innocent, unarmed people killed and mangled by a weapon that could kill the entire planet. One cake of bean curd One sardine or small horse-mackerel Two Chinese cabbages Five or six carrots, giant radishes, leeks, burdock roots, bundles of spinach, or marrows Four or five eggplants Half a pumpkin I was very interested in all of the food parts of the story.

What happened after that, or how much time passed, I do not know. This is a very powerful book and deserves to be much more widely read.

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What is clear is that he has turned a profound tragedy, one not just for Japan but also for the world, into a profoundly moving work of art that has relevance for us all. One scholar bent himself into doing everything for everyone else masuj a desperate attempt to stave off betrayal his wife had been turned in for being friendly with Americans.

That’s a good and bad sigh, I guess. The book also includes an understated This is a beautiful and harrowing account of the bombing of Hiroshima. Personally I never read book that describes what happens to the people on ground zero – not to this extend anyway.

I couldn’t remember why I had marked off this passage for myself. When I visited Hiroshima, I remember asking a docent at the museum, “How can you not hate me?