: 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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Black Rain tells the aftermath of the infamous atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Views Read Edit View history. It’s more than that insights into the overhead, undergrowth, underbelly, kangaroos pouch of death, misery, upheavel, endings, beginnings. The suffering of the people is simply unfathomable. The only type of person that could possibly read this book is a person that is very open minded to other ideas. The overall meaning of the novel is that war makes things hard for the people that have to stay at home and support their soldiers.

Feb 21, Parastoo. But is it the balm of tradition itself which created the war? You are commenting using your Twitter account.

Unfortunately, rumors that Yasuko suffers from radiation sickness have consistently prevented her from making a good match. Once again, it reminds me of Dante, of the dead stood by the banks of the Acheron of the transports as they reach Auschwitz, hands reaching out through the windows and the wire eagerly awaiting the ferryman, eager to cross over He lives a simple life in small village outside Hiroshima, where he takes his doctor’s advice to take it easy, rest often, and and eat well ibus order to combat the sickness.

And tomorrow is the annual ceremony to commemorate the insects that might have been killed during the harvest. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

Masuji Ibuse’s Black Rain: Summary & Analysis

John Bester wrote in his introduction to his translation of Masuji Ibuse’s Black Rain that he had “considerable doubts”. But people like us only have to do a bit of hard work and their limbs start to rot on them. Preview — Black Rain by Masuji Ibuse. The book also includes an understated This is a beautiful and harrowing account of the bombing of Hiroshima.


Structure wise it could use some improvement. I’m blcak peeved about amazon reviews of Dazai’s The Setting Sun. The narrative structure carefully balances between the present time of the novel and journal entries from the bombings of Hiroshima to craft a carefully wrought masterpiece of how great tragedy begets an unending rai of unraveling quieter tragedy.

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Apr 08, Mariel rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: When the smoke cleared again, we found that the obstacle was a corpse clasping a dead baby in its arms It was a train of the same Geibi Line that ran through my home in the country, and I had traveled back and forth on it a number of times during my middle school days.

View all 8 comments. One can see why the Americans said nothing in the aftermath, negotiating the end of hostilities as they were, but the cold discipline of doing that! This article about a World War II novel is a stub. Ibuse went as far as to pawn a watch to try to understand the necessities of writers.

It is a story of adapting and continuing life under unimaginable conditions. Who caredafter all, which side won?

Ibuse began serializing Black Rain in the magazine Shincho in January Ibuse’s focus on Shigemura and his family focuses and shapes this account of massive suffering as he juxtaposes it with simple daily concerns and hopes. You’d think it’d be permeated with rage, but it’s not. Driven by the heat and trapped by the smoke, the had flung themselves face down in their suffering, only to be unable to rise again dain to suffocate where they lay. The radiation sickness is one rajn the main causes of concern throughout the story.

That’s a good and bad sigh, I guess.

Black Rain by Masuji Ibuse | : Books

Ibuse’s documentary novel Black Rain is his widely acclaimed masterpiece about the aftermath of Hiroshima, expressed through the diaries of two survivors, Shigematsu and his niece, Yasuko. There are those who condemn the dropping of the bomb Sick birds hide their illnesses from other birds as well as from predators. Through the lens of the Shizuma family, Ibuse reveals the profound physical, psychological, and spiritual impact the Hiroshima bombing had upon the city’s population.


Victims of radiation sickness who tried to work would die very soon after their hair and teeth would fall out, soon accompanied by other grossness. It was strange that the people felt any remorse at all for losing the war when the government that they were supposed to believe in left them homeless and without any food.

However much we may condemn what happened at Hiroshima and Nagasaki we should also be thankful, surely The title has a lot to do with the book because the title is how the whole thing ibusd, with Mr. Trivia About Black Rain. Ibuse often found inspiration in his loneliness and in his encounters with geishas, his first literary works where in the style of prose, he had severed ties with Waseda University and started writing for small magazines. Shizuma starts to get into writing his own diary of what happened.

Ibuse employs the method of a “story within a story” to describe the events of the day of and immediately following the bombing, while also revealing the longer-term effects. To read this novel you must also have a pretty solid stomach because there are many detailed entries about wounds and the way that the skin starts to melt right off the living body. Refresh and try again.