The Whale that Fell in Love with a Submarine (Paperback)

By Akiyuki Nosaka, Ginny Tapley Takemori (Translated by)

Pushkin Children's Books, 9781782690276, 192pp.

Publication Date: August 4, 2015

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Description

A whale falls in love with a military submarine, and dies courting her; a mother caught in a fire following a bombing gives all her body's water to save her son, and her desiccated form turns into a kite; a wolf rescues a sick child abandoned by her parents, only to die himself at the hand of men. However, bunkers can also become real homes, a small Japanese girl and an American POW briefly understand each other and a miraculous tree feeds starving children...
This is war, no doubt, but told by someone who understands how children truly experience war and its aftermath - the bombings and parents' deaths, the life of orphans who roam the streets, the starvation and blind violence in a society beyond destruction.
Akiyuki Nosaka remembers what it was like to be a child caught in war-torn Japan in 1945, and he retells his experiences in this collection of powerful and beautifully expressive stories for children.


About the Author

Akiyuki Nosaka lost his mother at birth and was immediately entrusted into care by his father - a fact which he discovered only when his adoptive parents were killed in the American bombing of Kobe. At the age of 14, orphaned and alone in war-ravaged Japan, he saw his younger sister starve to death. He was sent to prison for stealing and involvement in the black market; after spending some time studying at university, he left to make a living doing odd jobs, including dog-washing and selling his own blood. He has made his name as a writer, journalist, lyricist, singer, model and rugby club manager, and joined the High Chamber of the Japanese Diet in 1983. Nosaka has written nearly 100 books, both fiction and non-fiction; his work is violent, both tragic and comical. War Stories for Children and Graves of the Fireflies were both inspired by his own childhood, and very movingly depict the effect of war on Japanese - and any - society. Nosaka is extremely well known in Japan today, not just as a writer, but also as a TV personality, scriptwriter, songwriter, comedian, singer and even politician. He suffered a stroke in 2003 but still writes for newspapers and radio.

Translated from the Japanese by Ginny Tapley Takemori.


Praise For The Whale that Fell in Love with a Submarine

'One can only be shaken by these cruel and magnificent tales, which are also the most eloquent plea for peace imaginable' - L'Express