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Black Rain by Masuji Ibuse
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Aug 12, 11

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Read from August 10 to 12, 2011

An incredible book that humanizes the unthinkable, dropping the atomic bomb on the civilian population of a city [Hiroshima].

It is my perception that Japanese authors often have a special gift for the final sentence or paragraph of a book. In the short story A Portrait of Shunkin by Junchiro Tanizaki the last paragraph is a killer, one of the best I have ever read. Now in Black Rain Ibuse closes like this:

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