: Black Rain (Japan’s Modern Writers) (): Masuji Ibuse, John Bester: Books. (Black Rain ) The importance of the name of the bomb may seem ineffectual, but he seems to dwell on finding out what caused this type of destruction. Masuji Ibuse’s classic novel “Black Rain” takes readers into the everyday lives of a family poisoned by radiation sickness. The narrative.

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See 2 questions about Black Rain…. Its characters talk to us directly through their diaries, face-to-face in what could easily be a haunting conversation after a meal – a conversation in which you have been stunned into silence, listening, jaw dropping.

Masuji Ibuse’s Black Rain: Summary & Analysis

rwin Who cared, after all, which side won? The novel draws its material from the bombing of Hiroshima with the title referring to the nuclear fallout.

It does accomplish what it set out to do, show the effect on the losing side of ibyse. I understand that Japanese is capable to skip punctuation all together. I really like that Ibuse took all of these diaries and interviews as personal for want of a better word. And when her newest suitor requests proof of her whereabouts during the bombing, another spoiled marriage agreement seems imminent.

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Naked blackened figures face down in the street, literally melted into the asphalt. Like I said, surviving. Trivia About Black Rain.

View all 7 comments. It occured to me that the suspicion rai paranoia were acting to shove them out as if inuse were already dead. Shigamatsu, who was in Hiroshima during the bombing, suffers from a mild case of radiation sickness several years after the bomb.


Structure wise it could use some improvement. Shizuma was not only interested in what happened to the people of the community but he was also interested in finding out what the weapon used was called and made out of. First, though, the birds. Paperbackpages. The misery and confusion that has resulted? The “black rain” of the title refers to the soot filled rain that fell when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, and the story centres around Yasuko, a young woman who was victim of this and subsequently struggles to find a marriage match.

Black Rain by Masuji Ibuse. But stoicism may be functionally indistinguishable from fatalism. For a moment, I had a glimpse of something that looked like a captive balloon drifting lazily downwards in the sky beyond the barracks roof. Print Hardback and paperback.

Bigger things are revealed gradually to readers, each thing more devastating than the next. There is a shifting from the relatively orderly present of a year after the bombing, to the recollected past which is all confusion, mass death, cremation pyres all up and down the river shore, and the poor citizens of Hiroshima not understanding what has hit them.

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She was in the shower of black rain, however, when going back to look for her family. It is always about survival, of the individual as part of the nation Ibuse wanted to make sense out of Hiroshima, to find a way to make it fit into some greater truth, but: Something profoundly more important than the vulnerability of the human body has been revealed by the bomb.

Black Rain

Nurses and aid workers were killed days after the blast. Which side is true? Open Preview Ibse a Problem? Black Rain is a novel by Japanese author Masuji Ibuse. Here’s a book about nuclear bombs, which we dropped on Japan twice inin order to end the war or make a point about how things might go after the war.


The journal entries read very much like non-fiction and I believe the author made a lot of use of survivors’ real life diaries and documents what happened in such a matter of fact and unsensationalised way that it becomes very poignant.

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View all 11 comments. August 9, — 7. Shizuma starts to get into writing his own diary of what happened. It was a train of the same Geibi Line that ran through my home in the country, and I ibyse traveled back and forth on it a number of times during my middle school days. It also makes the bomb something central to Japanese life in a way which challenges its phlegmatic equilibrium.

The next moment, there was a white flash like lightning, or the light from a great mass of magnesium ignited all at once. By continuing to blafk this website, you agree to their use.

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I don’t know how Japanese people feel about the bombings today. Oct 18, Alex rated it it was amazing Shelves: In the introduction we are told that the novel draws on actual records and interviews, that the lead character, Shigematsu Shizuma and his diary actually exist but, both in that introduction and, coincidentally, in Lifton where there is an appendix the novel is analysed as a work of fiction.