SILENCE TO LIGHT: Japan and the Shadows of War, Manoa 13:1, edited by Frank Stewart and Leza Lowitz. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2001, 217 pp.

The contributions are varied: Japanese, non-Japanese; wartime, immediate postwar, contemporary; fiction, poetry, essays, photography, “manga,” letters and other documents, even a film script. Yet they all add up to a coherent perspective, neatly captured in the somewhat gnomic title, “Silence to Light.” The phrase, attributed to Louis Kahn, is taken from the script of a documentary film by Keiichi Ogata about Hiroshima, that quintessential city of silence, shadows and light.

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