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Obasan

Author: Joy Kogawa
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st Anchor books edView all editions and formats
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The story of the incarceration of Japanese Canadians during and after World War II became popularly known through Joy Kogawa's novel, Obasan, originally published in 1981. Kogawa's novel depicts the "silence" the community maintained over three decades after their incarceration and the pain it went through in trying to break the silence. The sense of loss of one's youth, happiness, identity, community, property,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Historical fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joy Kogawa
ISBN: 0385468865 9780385468862
OCLC Number: 28505013
Notes: Sequel: Itsuka.
Awards: American Book Awards, 1983
Description: 300 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Joy Kogawa.
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The story of the incarceration of Japanese Canadians during and after World War II became popularly known through Joy Kogawa's novel, Obasan, originally published in 1981. Kogawa's novel depicts the "silence" the community maintained over three decades after their incarceration and the pain it went through in trying to break the silence. The sense of loss of one's youth, happiness, identity, community, property, occupation, and even family, and the impossibility, which the novel describes, to regain or even to rebuild one's dislocated "self" can only be truly understood by understanding Japanese Canadians' wartime experience--their detention, dispossession, dispersal and deportation--as a whole. Kogawa's novel broke Japanese Canadians' silence.

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