From Publishers Weekly
The third volume in Nakazawa's ongoing chronicle of wartime Japan opens in August 1945 as young Gen, his mother and newborn sister prepare to leave the nightmarish remains of Hiroshima in search of an old family friend who may provide them with food and shelter. But the surrounding countryside, unharmed by the blast, has been overrun by refugees from the city. The rural citizens are terrified of the bomb's survivors--many are gruesomely ill with radiation sickness--and, after years of suffering from war-imposed food shorages, are suspicious, cruel and bitterly self-protective, turning away the needy Gen and his ilk. A Hiroshima survivor, Nakazawa pens a bracingly realistic tale of the human consequences of ultimate warfare; his handsome, cartoonish black-and-white illustrations richly detail WW II Japan. Young Gen's courage, determination and amiability are often melodramatically sentimental, but the apocalyptic conditions he and his family must endure are a plausible basis for his transformation from boy to man. Any comic committed to this level of unstinting verisimilitude deserves our attention.
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About the Author
Keiji Nakazawa was six when the atomic bomb dropped on his city. His first published cartoon work appeared in 1963 and he has since has had over fifty book-length serials published. Now retired from cartooning, Nakazawa lives in Tokyo.