Black Rain

Black Rain

Book - 1981
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The people of a Japanese village fight to maintain their humanity and tradition in the radioactive "rain" after Hiroshima

Oxford University Press
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.

Publisher: Tokyo ; New York : Kodansha International, 1981
Edition: Third paperback edition
ISBN: 9780870113642
Branch Call Number: FICTION IBUSE...M
Characteristics: 300 pages ; 18 cm
Notes: Translation of Kuroi ame


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lexophile Sep 20, 2016

A modern classic. The writing is spare, the effect devastating.


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