Seirai, Yūichi,

Ground zero, Nagasaki : stories / Seirai Yūichi ; translated by Paul Warham. - 1 online resource - Weatherhead Books on Asia . - Weatherhead books on Asia. .

Original title Bakushin.

Nails -- Stone -- Insects -- Honey -- Shells -- Birds.

"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"--Provided by publisher.

Translated from the Japanese.

9780231538565 0231538561 9781322489698 1322489696

D72E3E18-C7FD-419C-9B8E-B5893D09ACE0 OverDrive, Inc. 22573/ctt13k0s54 JSTOR

Atomic bomb victims--Japan--Nagasaki-ken--Fiction.

Electronic books.

PL861.E345 / B3513 2015