Black Rain (novel)
First US edition
|Original title||黒い雨 (Kuroi Ame)|
|Genre||Historical, war novel|
Published in English
|Media type||Print (Hardback and paperback)|
Black Rain (黒い雨 Kuroi Ame?) is a novel by Japanese author Masuji Ibuse. Ibuse began serializing Black Rain in the magazine Shincho in January 1965. The novel is based on historical records of the devastation caused by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
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The book alternates between Shizuma Shigematsu's journal entries and other characters from August 6–15, 1945, Hiroshima, and the present, several years later, when he and his wife Shigeko become the guardians of their niece, Yasuko, and thus obligated to find a suitable husband for her. At the start of the novel, three earlier attempts to arrange a match have already failed due to health concerns over her having been exposed to the "Black Rain" – firestorm generated soot filled rain that may also have contained high concentrations of fission products and carbon-14, depending on the precipitations location and time of onset. The radiation sickness is one of the main causes of concern throughout the story. Shigematsu's journal entries attempt to disprove her sickness, but in the end it turns out that Yasuko was indeed affected by the "Black Rain".
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