[trans. Ground Zero, Nagasaki]
Bungeishunjū (Bunshun Bunko), 2010. 336 pp. ¥619. ISBN 978-4-16-768502-7.
Also published in: English, German
These two characteristics are clearly visible in this short story collection. The six works included in this collection are all set in contemporary Nagasaki, but they do not directly recount people’s experiences of the bombing or their Christian beliefs. Appearing in these stories are city folk who live in the city while harboring problems of their own, such as a man who is haunted by delusions and ends up murdering his beloved wife, a mentally disabled man who falls in love again and again with women he meets, and a married woman who indulges in an illicit love affair with a young man. In each work, however, there is a moment when something like a memory of the land suddenly comes back. By intertwining with the here and now of Nagasaki, these memories produce a unique world of “post- atomic-bomb literature.” (NM)
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