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Memories of those marked by nuclear war

Aug 8, 2015

Memories of those marked by nuclear war

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August, 2015. This is a month of great testimonials: outpourings of guilt, grief, consternation, remorse, atonement and, for those whose ends are not served by an honest reckoning of the past, evasion. Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War, by Susan Southard.416 pagesViking, Nonfiction. It was, ...

New translation of the world's oldest novel

Aug 1, 2015

New translation of the world's oldest novel

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‘The Tale of Genji,” written by Murasaki Shikibu around 1,000 A.D., is regarded by many as the world’s first novel and is arguably the most influential work of Japanese literature ever written, inspiring countless other works of drama, fiction and fine art. The Tale ...

Will 'neurotic' Japan go postcapitalist?

Jul 25, 2015

Will 'neurotic' Japan go postcapitalist?

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Is Japan on the threshold of postcapitalism? If it is, as Morris Berman suggests in “Neurotic Beauty: An Outsiders Look at Japan,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe doesn’t seem to have received the memo. Neurotic Beauty, by Morris Berman.516 pagesOne Spirit Press, Nonfiction. Abe is ...