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Black Rain Paperback – July, 1994
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"This painful and very beautiful book gives two powerful messages—of drastic warning, yet also of affirmation of life." — John Hersey
"The most successful book yet written about the greatest single horror inflicted by one group of men upon another." —Sunday Times
"Immensely effective.... This is a book which must be read." —Books and Bookmen
"I would recommend Black Rain to every reader, even the squeamish." —Spectator
"Its subtle ironies and noble, unsentimental pity are a reminder of the strengths of Japanese fiction." —New Statesman --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Text: English, Japanese (translation) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Thankfully, the author does not preach about the evils of what happened. Rather, Black Rain simply describes what it was like for a few of the survivors of Hiroshima. It includes the events of that black day in 1945, but also talks about what happened to the people next; how their lives were effected by the radiation sickness and even worse. The stigma of being at Hiroshima ruined their future. You would think they had suffered enough without the addition of such harmful gossip from their fellow countrymen.
It's very hard to see where the lines between fiction and non-fiction are in this book, but to me, that's what makes it so great.
The kindle version has an interactive table of contents, and one can easily navigate between the chapters using the 5-way controller.
It's a sobering book, and a necessary one for any student of World War II or of world history. The difference between the country--the land, the community and its traditions--and the state is a distinction that will stay with me.