March Was Made of Yarn by Elmer Luke and David Karashima
Reflections on the Japanese Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Meltdown

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Although the quality of the final product is mixed – as is often the case with anthologies – the impetus behind each individual piece is heartfelt.
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In time for the one year anniversary of the 2011 earthquake in Japan, a collection of essays and stories by Japanese writers on the devastating disaster, its aftermath, and the resolve of a people to rebuild.

On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake occurred off the northeastern coast of Japan, triggering a 50-foot tsunami that crushed everything in its path—highways, airports, villages, trains, and buses—leaving death and destruction behind, and causing a major radiation leak from five nuclear plants. Here eighteen writers give us their trenchant observations and emotional responses to such a tragedy, in what is a fascinating, enigmatic and poignant collection.
 

About Elmer Luke and David Karashima

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Elmer Luke is a writer and editor who has worked in publishing houses in New York and Tokyo, with a range of authors including Tom Wicker, Haruki Murakami, Colleen McCullough, Hiromi Kawakami, and Robert Whiting. He is adviser to the Read Japan project. David Karashima is an author whose first novel, in Japanese, was recipient of a prize for new writers; he is also a widely published translator of contemporary Japanese fiction into English, having translated works by Hitomi Kanehara, Taichi Yamada, Yasutaka Tsutsui, and Hisaki Matsuura, among others. In 2008 he helped found the Read Japan initiative at the Nippon Foundation, a partnership among authors, translators, editors, publishers, and universities to facilitate the publication of Japanese literature in translation.
 
Published March 6, 2012 by Vintage. 242 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Christian Science Monitor

Below average
Reviewed by Terry Hong on Mar 06 2012

Although the quality of the final product is mixed – as is often the case with anthologies – the impetus behind each individual piece is heartfelt.

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Japanese Literature

Good
Reviewed by Kathyrn Hemmann on Mar 08 2012

I don’t know how so many good things were able to come together to create this amazing book, but I am extraordinarily grateful that it exits.

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Nihon Distractions

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Reviewed by Nihon distractions on Mar 05 2012

Some of the pieces refer to the Earthquake more literally than others, but all carry a poignancy that provoke reflection and inform.

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