Quando l’imperatore era un dio è il seguito ideale di Venivamo tutte per mare, il romanzo delle giovani donne giapponesi date in moglie a uomini conosciuti solo in fotografia, connazionali già emigrati negli Stati Uniti. Alla voce collettiva, forte e vibrante, che ha stregato una moltitudine di lettori, Julie Otsuka sostituisce qui una voce narrante delicata e sommessa che racconta quello che accadde anni più tardi ai discendenti di quelle famiglie «per caso».
Con il suo stile inconfondibile, sobrio e solo in apparenza distaccato, Julie Otsuka racconta l’umiliazione, la paura e lo strazio di una donna forte e decisa; e di due bambini che guardano con occhi stupefatti il loro mondo sfaldarsi nello spazio di pochi giorni, pronti però a sgranarli con lo stesso stupore davanti a improvvise meraviglie.
- ISBN: 8833925498
- Casa Editrice: Bollati Boringhieri
- Pagine: 133
“But we never stopped believing that somewhere out there, in some stranger’s backyard, our mother’s rosebush was blossoming madly, wildly, pressing one perfect red flower after another out into the late afternoon light.” It's easy to make a story like this melodramatic, moralistic, overwrought wi Leggi tutto
This historical novel is both gorgeous and heartbreaking. It follows a Japanese-American family that is sent to an internment camp in the Utah desert during World War II. The story follows the family as they get the news of the forced relocation, the trip to the camp, how they lived in the barracks, Leggi tutto
How do you write about trauma? Are you verbose and expansive? Terse and straighforward? In this case, you use elegant and spare prose that brings home the extent of the wrong by never quite stating it in so many words. Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in Goo Leggi tutto
I love Otsuka’s voice, judicious metaphors, and understated emotional hooks in this child’s eye view of the Japanese internment in World War 2. I have already had the pleasure of her 2011 gem, “The Buddha in the Attic”, which covers the same subject from an adult perspective that often breaks into p Leggi tutto
When the Emperor Was Divine, Julie Otsuka When the Emperor was Divine is a historical fiction novel written by American author Julie Otsuka about a Japanese American family sent to an internment camp in the Utah desert during World War II. The novel, loosely based on the wartime experiences of Otsuka Leggi tutto
داستان درمورد زندگی مهاجران ژاپنی در آمریکا در بحبحهی جنگ جهانی دوم است. خانوادهای که به واسطه نژادشان تنبیه میشوند! زیرا که انسان گرگ انسان است. هر فصل از این داستان از زبان و دیدگاه یکی از اعضای خانواده نوشته شده که درگیریهای ذهنی خودش و خانوادهاش را با زبان و تفکر خود بیان میکند. فضای سیاه Leggi tutto
I recognize that the terse language, namelessness of the characters, and relatively uneventful plot in Julie Otsuka’s When the Emperor was Divine are all aesthetic choices. They’re just not choices that I agree with. Otsuka details the experiences of a family of Japanese Americans placed in an intern Leggi tutto
I finished reading When the Emperor Was Divine a couple of days ago, and I was at a loss for words for my review. Everything that I noticed, felt, and appreciated about the denseness of this sparse little book was neatly encapsulated in the synopsis of this edition. Check it out if you haven't alrea Leggi tutto
As of this moment, there are various rules and regulations being pushed through the US government regarding the formation of internment camps for refugees fleeing through the US-Mexican border from the drug wars of the USA's creation. There's nothing new under the sun here, nothing beyond the standa Leggi tutto
3.75 While not as lyrical as The Buddha in the Attic , Otsuka’s first novel achieves much of the same cumulative power. The penultimate chapter, written in first-person plural, is, of course, most reminiscent of the former and perhaps in its writing Otsuka discovered the style she would later use for Leggi tutto
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