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This is a work of modern Japanese literature by Yasushi Inoue, the recipient of every major Japanese literary award and candidate for the Nobel Prize.
Published March 1st 1993 by Weatherhill (first published 1991)
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Mar 19, 2011 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
This book is not about intricate word play, but the back story of its central characters is complex. To "modern" readers unfamiliar with the remnants of Japan's rural, feudal society it seems hardly believable, but even if the tale was not based on the author's own childhood, I would accept it. The intricate ties of multi-generational adoption and responsibility are also found in Chinese writings.

At first glance, this book is about small things, as viewed by a small, pampered child. But those sm...more
Pour le moment lecture très aride, peut être à cause d'une très mauvaise traduction. cependant certains écueils viennent bien de l'auteur. On a l'impression d'entendre un vieux papy radoteur, vous savez ceux qui vous assassinent avec des détails généalogiques dont vous n'avez rien à foutre ? Là c'est un peu ça. Inoué n'oublie pas de vous dire où est l'épicerie et à qui appartient telle maison, mais omet de nous montrer la maison. On sait que le cousine machin et issue d'un mariage avec monsieur...more
I am a fan of Inoue's; he is a very sensitive writer. Shirobamba is the kind of book that leaves one feeling cozy and makes one reminisce on the carefree days of childhood.
The story of a Japanese boy, Kosaku, who is being raised by his Granny Onui.
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Yasushi Inoue was a Japanese writer whose range of genres included poetry, essays, short fiction, and novels.

Inoue is famous for his serious historical fiction of ancient Japan and the Asian continent, including Wind and Waves, Tun-huang, and Confucius, but his work also included semi-autobiographical novels and short fiction of great humor, pathos, and wisdom like Shirobamba and Asunaro Monogata...more
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