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Before Hiroshima: The Confession of Murayama Kazuo and Other Stories Paperback – July 1, 2000

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The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour, Volume 5 by Louis L'Amour
"The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour, Volume 5" by Louis L'Amour
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"Barkan is an impressive storyteller." --The Times, London --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Josh Barkan was awarded a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has taught writing at Harvard, New York University, and Boston University and is the author of the short-story collection Before Hiroshima. His first novel Blind Speed was named a finalist for the 2009 Paterson Fiction Prize. He spent much of his childhood abroad, living in Kenya, Tanzania, France and India. After attending Yale University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, he spent a year teaching in Japan and received his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His writing has appeared in Esquire and as a contributor to The Boston Book Review. He lives in New York City and Mexico City. In 2011-2012 he is the writer-in-residence in Braddock, Pennsylvania, for Into the Furnace.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: The Toby Press, LLC (July 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902881133
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902881133
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,018,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Josh Barkan was awarded a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has taught writing at Harvard, New York University, and Boston University and is the author of the short-story collection Before Hiroshima. His first novel Blind Speed was named a finalist for the 2009 Paterson Fiction Prize. He spent much of his childhood abroad, living in Kenya, Tanzania, France and India. After attending Yale University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, he spent a year teaching in Japan and received his MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His writing has appeared in Esquire and as a contributor to The Boston Book Review. He lives in New York City and Mexico City. In 2011-2012 he is the writer-in-residence in Braddock, Pennsylvania, for Into the Furnace.

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The lead story in this collection, Before Hiroshima, captured my attention, drew me into the Japanese world in the waning days of its empire and held my attention until the end of the story. It's a surreal off-kilter, odd world as the empire is collapsing and there are odd signs and warnings that the Americans are preparing to drop a very strange, new, extremely potent bomb. The young officer (the story's lead character) makes excuses to leave "intelligence" headquarters (headquarters for that region of Japan) and starts to collect evidence of the American's new bomb. This strange-bomb news is very unwanted "intelligence" back at his unit's quarters and he pays severely for reported such nonsense. But, despite "intelligence's" strict, imperial, point of view on Japan's victory in the war, the tale's hero makes up a plausible excuse to leave, visit's his parents (and his grandfather is an ex-military strict nut), and tries to get them to leave the area for a safer place. . . . I don't want to spoil any of the story for a potential. Overall the book was a real "WOW" book for me, that held my interest until its end.
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this collection of short stories is a readable collection. The first story Before Hiroshima was intriguing and drew in into the story. However the other tales left me flat and needed work. If the author Mr. Barkan were to read this review I would like to tell him to rework the the title story into a novel the subject matter and much of the aftermath in japan at the time would make a compelling work
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I enjoyed the stories in this group. The title story was especially thought provoking, as it took a look at a part of history of which most of us were unaware. Each of the other stories were good, as well. I enjoy short stories and these were really well written. I look forward to reading more by the same author.
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The first story was so real that it had me checking historical sites and googleing the main character's name to see if it could have been factual. The other stories were very good as well. This book of short stories absolutely will not disappoint you.
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This is written from the perspective of a japanese soldier who realized the bombing patterns and tried to warn his superior. It is an easy, casual read. The story interesting.
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The best story was the first one. A fascinating story that has roots to history and provides insight into human behavior.
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The first short story is the best. Well written and enough to give the reader pause about what transpired in 1945 when the first nuclear weapons were unleashed. A good look into the Japanese mind set in WW 2. The other stories were not memorable.
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Josh Barkan is a very eloquent writer. Each story's main character came to life. Before Hiroshima was extremely interesting. The only reason I only gave 4 stars was that I wanted more from the other short stories. I was so into the characters that I was disappointed when the stories ended so abruptly!!
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