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Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms Fumiyo Kouno

Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms

Fumiyo Kouno

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ISBN : 9780867196658
Paperback
104 pages
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What impact did World War II and the dropping of the atomic bomb have on the common people of Japan? Through the eyes of an average woman living in 1955, Japanese artist Fumiyo Kouno answers these questions. This award-winning manga appears in anMoreWhat impact did World War II and the dropping of the atomic bomb have on the common people of Japan? Through the eyes of an average woman living in 1955, Japanese artist Fumiyo Kouno answers these questions. This award-winning manga appears in an English translation for the first time. Fumiyo Kounos light, free style of drawing evokes a tender reflection of this difficult period in Hiroshimas postwar past. As the characters continue with everyday life, the shadow of the war and the atomic bombing linger ghostlike in the background. Kounos beautiful storytelling touches the readers heart but is never overly sentimental. A widely embraced best seller in Japan, where the work was also controversial, Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms is the winner of several prestigious awards including Grand Prize at the 8th Japan Media Arts Festival (2004), New Life Award at the 9th Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prizes (2005). Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms is made up of interconnected short stories- the first is a love story entitled Town of Evening Calm- followed by the two-part story Country of Cherry Blossoms.