Black Rain by Masuji Ibuse
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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 yet manages 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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Published October 15, 1988 by Kodansha USA. 316 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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There’s no doubt that this novel does an excellent job capturing this event, and does so with very readable prose.

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There’s no doubt that this novel does an excellent job capturing this event, and does so with very readable prose.

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