The Resource Heaven and hell : a novel of a Manchukuo childhood, Takarabe Toriko ; translated by Phyllis Birnbaum

Heaven and hell : a novel of a Manchukuo childhood, Takarabe Toriko ; translated by Phyllis Birnbaum

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Heaven and hell : a novel of a Manchukuo childhood
Title
Heaven and hell
Title remainder
a novel of a Manchukuo childhood
Statement of responsibility
Takarabe Toriko ; translated by Phyllis Birnbaum
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Language
  • eng
  • jpn
  • eng
Summary
"Takarabe Toriko's autobiographical novel Heaven and Hell is a beautiful, chilling account of her childhood in Manchukuo, the puppet state established by the Japanese in northeast China in 1932. As seen through the eyes of a precocious young girl named Masuko, the frontier town of Jiamusi and its inhabitants are by turns enchanting, bemusing, and horrifying. Takarabe skillfully captures Masuko's voice with language that savors Manchukuo's lush forests and vast terrain, but violence and murder are ever present, as much a part of the scenery as the grand Sungari River.Masuko recounts the Heaven of her early life in Jiamusi, a place so cold in winter her joints freeze as she walks to school. She accepts this world, with its gentle ways and terrible brutality, because it is the only home she has known. Masuko feels at ease wandering among the street vendors hawking their hot and sticky steamed cakes or watching the cook slaughter ducks for dinner, and takes pleasure in following the routines of her Chinese, Russian, and Japanese neighbors. Her world is shattered in 1945, when she and her family must flee their adopted home and struggle, along with other Japanese settlers, to return to Japan. This second half of the book, the Hell of refugee life, is heartbreaking and disturbing, yet described with ferocious honesty."--Publisher's description
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HU/DLC
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1933-
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Takarabe, Toriko
Dewey number
895.63/5
Index
no index present
LC call number
PL 862 .A424134 T4613 2018
Literary form
novels
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Birnbaum, Phyllis
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  • Children
  • Japanese fiction
  • Refugee children
Label
Heaven and hell : a novel of a Manchukuo childhood, Takarabe Toriko ; translated by Phyllis Birnbaum
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Publication
Note
Translated from the Japanese
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volume
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nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
viii, 132 pages
Isbn
9780824876555
Lccn
2018007916
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1020028612
  • (OCoLC)on1020028612
Label
Heaven and hell : a novel of a Manchukuo childhood, Takarabe Toriko ; translated by Phyllis Birnbaum
Publication
Note
Translated from the Japanese
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
viii, 132 pages
Isbn
9780824876555
Lccn
2018007916
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1020028612
  • (OCoLC)on1020028612

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