Masuji Ibuse – Black Rain

An important book in covering the tragedy caused by the Atomic bomb. Shigematsu a man who worked for a clothing company during WW II trying to beat radiation sickness by taking it easy and raising fish. Tragically his ideal life is disturbed because no man is willing to marry Yasuko, his adopted daughter, out of concerns that she suffers from radiation poisoning. To help prove that she is okay. He writes out his full account of the time of the bombing. The book is mesmerizing, it graphically covers the destruction of the bomb, not blaming anyone, it is just reporting the facts.

Recommended reading for anyone who wishes to know about how the common man was effected by the Bomb.

Follow up recommended reading Nakazawa & Spiegelman’s Barefoot Gen.

Masuji Ibuse - Black Rain


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