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Ground Zero, Nagasaki: Stories

Seirai, Yuichi; Warham, Paul

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ISBN 10: 0231171161 / ISBN 13: 9780231171168
Published by Columbia University Press, New York, 2014
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2014 New Book, New Unclipped jacket, First Printing 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 182 clean tight unmarked unread pages, book has full black boards with red embossed origami deco on the front cover, red embossed lettering on the spine, jacket is white with red and black lettering, a manufactured cut out circle on the front jacket exposing the origami on the book front cover, beautiful new unread book. Bookseller Inventory # 004987

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Title: Ground Zero, Nagasaki: Stories

Publisher: Columbia University Press, New York

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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Edition: 1st Edition

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Set in contemporary Nagasaki, the six short stories in this collection draw a chilling portrait of the ongoing trauma of the detonation of the atomic bomb. Whether they experienced the destruction of the city directly or heard about it from survivors, the characters in these tales filter their pain and alienation through their Catholic faith, illuminating a side of Japanese culture little known in the West. Many of them are descended from the "hidden Christians" who continued to practice their religion in secret during the centuries when it was outlawed in Japan. Urakami Cathedral, the center of Japanese Christian life, stood at ground zero when the bomb fell.

In "Birds," a man in his sixties reflects on his life as a husband and father. Just a baby when he was found crying in the rubble near ground zero, he does not know who his parents were. His birthday is set as the day the bomb was dropped. In other stories, a woman is haunted by her brief affair with a married man, and the parents of a schizophrenic man struggle to come to terms with the murder their son committed. These characters battle with guilt, shame, loss, love, and the limits of human understanding. Ground Zero, Nagasaki vividly depicts a city and people still scarred by the memory of August 9, 1945.

About the Author:

Seirai Yuichi is a novelist from Nagasaki. He is the author of Jeronimo no jujika (Geronimo's Cross), which won the Bungakukai Prize for New Writers. He also won the Akutagawa Prize for Seisui (Holy Water) and the Ito Sei Literary Prize and the Tanizaki Jun'ichiro Prize for Bakushin (Ground Zero, Nagasaki).

Paul Warham is a translator who lives in Tokyo. His translations include Kenzo Kitakata's The Cage, Satoshi Azuchi's Supermarket, and Kazushi Hosaka's Plainsong.

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