BEFORE HIROSHIMA: The Confession of Murayama Kazuo and other stories, by Joshua Barkan. London: The Toby Press, 2000; 139 pp., $12.95 (paper).

“Before Hiroshima” is 31-year-old American Joshua Barkan’s first published collection of fiction, and the title story, which makes up almost half the book, is what makes you sit up and take notice.

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