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Book Information: H: A Hiroshima Novel

H: A Hiroshima Novel (1981) [Novel]
by Makoto Oda Rating: Weighted - 6.7 / Average - 6.0 of 10 (1 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (IBList user synopsis):

Story of Japanese-Americans, whites, Japanese, Koreans, and Native Americans affected by World War II and the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima.

Original title: HIROSHIMA
Original languages: Japanese


Genre: FictionHistoricalWorld War IIGeneral
FictionGeneral FictionEthnic And MulticulturalNative American
FictionGeneral FictionEthnic And MulticulturalImmigrant
FictionGeneral FictionRural & Small Town Life


  • Some English criticism has stated that the original Japanese publication year was 1984, but that is actually the date of the first Japanese paperback edition
  • Also known in English as "The Bomb"
  • The English title might be considered funny in Japan, as the letter H by itself is slang for sex
  • The original Japanese title is in fact written in roman letters

Edition #1: H: A Hiroshima Novel

H: A Hiroshima Novel (1995)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: D. H. Whittaker
  • "A passionate call for human rights and justice, the novel incorporates the beauty of Indian legend and the poetry of apocalyptic destruction..." Publishers Weekly
  • "Oda presents a disturbing montage of settings... shifting his narrative from the lives of whites and Native Americans living near an atomic test site in New Mexico in the early 1940s to the suffering of Japanese-Americans in Japanese towns and cities as well as in U.S. relocation centers following Pearl Harbor... Oda links his diverse set of characters through the atomic tragedy at Hiroshima and in so doing decries racial hatred and warfare regardless of time or place." Choice
  • "A black comedy in which he humor takes aim at greed, cruelty and brutal stupidity. There are some very funny moments in the novel, but the jokes are the kind that afterward make you feel ashamed for having laughed... [A] powerful and disturbing novel." New York Times
  • "A small but powerful work of fiction... [It] echoes in the mind long after the last page has been turned." West Coast Review of Books
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Manifested in:

H: A Hiroshima Novel (June 1995)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Kodansha International
ISBN: 9784770019479
Dimensions: 4.5 x 7.2 x 0.7
Pages: 218

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