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Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms by Fumiyo Kouno
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Jan 30, 2011

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bookshelves: 2011, graphic-novels
Read in January, 2011

This manga reflects on post-war, post-bomb Hiroshima. It is about everyday life, relationships, and personal history in the shadow of the war and the bomb. It's disturbing but not in a graphic way. It's disturbing with daily pain, stumbling blocks and people who die 10 from radiation-related problems years after they survived the bomb. There are two separate stories in this book, all together less than 100 pages. The author manages to fit a lot of sadness into such a small volume The first half of the book is a love story, more or less, while the second half is about friendship and family. They are not really related stories, but they complement each other well. The translation seemed kind of strainted at times, but that's not too surprising. There are a lot of complicated issues here, like neighborhoods falling into disrepair and families being evicted, and people trying to hold onto a sense of normalcy after such an entirely abnormal experience. All of my feelings about this book are simultaneously too much & inadequate. I got really sad about things afterwards. Not recommended for reading during January bouts of depression!
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