My Postwar Life

New Writings from Japan and Okinawa

By Elizabeth McKenzie (Editor)
(ChicagoQuarterly Review Books, Paperback, 9780984778805, 328pp.)

Publication Date: June 28, 2012

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This selection of new work by some of Japan’s most eminent observers and artists offers a richly nuanced perspective on the complex relationship between Japan and the U.S. in the long aftermath of war. The book includes an interview with controversial former Nagasaki Mayor Hitoshi Motoshima, the photography of Shomei Tomatsu, an essay by Hiroshi Fukurai about the earthquake and tsunami of 2011 and the ongoing deception by Fukushima and government officials, an absurdist play about Hiroshima by Masataka Matsuda, an essay by
Christopher Blasdel about the tragic disappearance of American poet Craig Arnold, the illustrated diary of a soldier in the Imperial
Army, new fiction and poetry by esteemed and prize-winning Japanese and Okinawan writers, essays about the Yaoi and Superflat phenomena,
and over 100 photos and illustrations. A reader’s guide is included.

About the Author
Elizabeth McKenzie is an NEA/ Japan-US Friendship Commission Fellow, and author of Stop That Girl and MacGregor Tells the World. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and The New York Times, and she is editor of the Chicago Quarterly Review.

Praise For My Postwar Life
"The war haunts everything. It is the blot that names: zainichi, hibakusha, Okinawan, nisei, renunciant, POW, comfort woman, Merikan, juri. War's occupation will control and censor every outcome, will obliterate the aftermath of starvation, black markets, and prostitution, will reinstate the zaibatsu and create an economic miracle and subservient ally. The artists and writers here were and are the born-into recipients of all this. This is their memory." -from the Foreword by Karen TeiYamashita, author of I-Hotel, National Book AwardFinalist
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