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I read this back in 2009 and would seriously recommend it as a very touching and painful portrait of the devastation of Hiroshima. The story centres mostly around the experiences of a Japanese family and their daughter Yasuke as the father transcribes his diaries of the days after the bomb dropped and the effects of radiation on himself, his daughter and the people around him. It feels unbelievable at times - the landscapes he walks through, the devastation - but frightening in a way a horror novel cannot be. simple language and almost calm descriptions of what he sees really hit home at how this affected them.

July 2012

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