Kawade Shobō Shinsha (Kawade Bunko), 2014. 536 pp. ¥920. ISBN 978-4-309-41299-3.
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The author’s unique idea of allowing the teen protagonist to interact with herself as a woman in her mid-forties is central to the novel’s concerns. It is not only the teenage girl for whom the war is an event from the distant past. Even in her forties, Mari maintains the perspective of someone born in the postwar era. What was the war, and what did it mean? This unanswerable question continues to confront generations of Japanese people today.
There were many war novels during the Pacific War and many antiwar novels after it was over. Yet this work is neither. It is quite different from historical fiction based on actual events. This is more like a literary adventure—a bold attempt to take a new approach to the war. That the experiment is such a success is testimony to the author’s inimitable storytelling skills and the inventive structure of the work. (CK)
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