Hiroshima: The Autobiography of Barefoot Gen (Asian Voices)

Hiroshima: The Autobiography of Barefoot Gen (Asian Voices)


This compelling autobiography tells the lifestyles tale of famed manga artist Nakazawa Keiji. Born in Hiroshima in 1939, Nakazawa was once six years outdated whilst on August 6, 1945, the U.S. dropped the atomic bomb. His gritty and beautiful account of the bad aftermath is powerfully instructed in the course of the eyes of a kid who misplaced such a lot of his kinfolk and friends. In eminently readable and fantastically translated prose, the narrative keeps throughout the brutally tricky years instantly after the battle, his paintings apprenticeship in Tokyo, his pioneering "atomic-bomb" manga, and the production of Barefoot Gen, the vintage photo novel in line with Nakazawa's reports earlier than, in the course of, and after the bomb.

This first English-language translation of Nakazawa's autobiography contains twenty pages of excerpts from Barefoot Gen to offer readers who do not know the manga a flavor of its energy and scope. a contemporary interview with the writer brings his existence as much as the current. His trenchant hostility to jap imperialism, the emperor and the emperor approach, and U.S. coverage provides vital nuance to the controversy over Hiroshima. regardless of the grimness of his adolescence, Nakazawa by no means succumbs to pessimism or defeatism. His trademark optimism and activism shine via during this inspirational work.

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