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Before Hiroshima: The Confession of Murayama Kazuo and Other Stories
by Josh Barkan (Goodreads Author)
As death approaches, an old Japanese man finds it necessary to clean his soul, to confront the mistakes of his youth, and to confess about a time when he might have been able to save the thousands who died at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.The title novella is complemented by Suspended: Five Stories.In the rest of the collection, through Barkan's beautifully direct style and canny ...more
Kindle Edition, 94 pages
Published November 22nd 2011 by AmazonEncore
(first published November 10th 2011)
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Jan 11, 2016 Chinook rated it liked it
The title story was really good. A solid four stars. The other five didn't do too much for me. They were fine and the overarching theme of loneliness was well done but I'm not terribly good with short stories and they just weren't quite enough.
JOSH BARKAN won the Lightship International Short Story Prize and has been a finalist for the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, the Paterson Fiction Prize, and the Juniper Prize for Fiction. He is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He spent much of his childhood abroad, living in Kenya, Tanzania, France and India. After attending Yale University, where he ...moreMore about Josh Barkan...