AUTHORIbuse, Masuji
TITLEBlack Rain
PUBLISHERKodansha International Ltd.
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED1969
ISBN0-8701-1364-X


This acclaimed novel translated from Japanese is based on the diaries of a young Japanese woman and her uncle who experienced the “black rain” that fell after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. In the diaries, Yasuko and her uncle Shigematsu Shizuma provide a powerful and moving account of the devastation of their native city and the suffering that many survivors faced after the bomb because of the effects of radiation. Although many of the experiences of Yasuko and her uncle are disturbing, the translator has described the content of the book as being “ultimately concerned with life rather than with death" (p. 8).


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