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When the Emperor Was Divine

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When the Emperor Was Divine

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When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
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Julie Otsuka's commanding debut novel paints a portrait of the Japanese internment camps unlike any we have ever seen. With crystalline intensity and precision, Otsuka uses a single family to evoke the deracination--both physical and emotional--of a generation of Japanese Americans. In five chapters, each flawlessly executed from a different point of view--the mother receiving the order to evacuate; the daughter on the long train ride to the camp; the son in the desert encampment; the family's return to their home; and the bitter release of the father after more than four years in captivity--she has created a small tour de force, a novel of unrelenting economy and suppressed emotion. Spare, intimate, arrestingly understated, "When the Emperor Was Divine" is a haunting evocation of a family in wartime and an unmistakably resonant lesson for our times. It heralds the arrival of a singularly gifted new novelist.
Release date NZ
October 1st, 2003
Author
Country of Publication
United States
Edition
Large type / large print edition
Imprint
Random House USA Inc
Pages
257
Dimensions
133x197x19
ISBN-13
9780375432781
Product ID
1666754

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