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ISBN-10: 1948830426
ISBN-13: 9781948830423
Publisher: Open Letter
Publish Date: 11/09/2021
Dimensions: 0.00" L, 0.00" W, 0.00" H

Ganbare!: Workshops on Dying

Translator: Mark Ordon

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Price: $16.95

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Overview

The March 11, 2011, earthquake and subsequent tsunami that ravaged Japan lasted a mere six minutes. But the fallout–the aftershocks, the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the country-wide devastation–from this catastrophic event and the trauma experienced by those who survived it is ongoing, if not permanent.

In Ganbare! Workshops on Dying, Polish writer and reporter Katarzyna Boni takes us on a journey through the experience of death and how the living–those of us left behind–learn to grieve. In Ganbare!, some learn how to scuba-dive for the sole purpose of recovering their loved one’s remains; some compile foreign-language dictionaries of “prohibited,” tsunami-related words so they don’t have to think of them in their mother tongue; many believe in the lingering presence of the ghosts of those whom the wave claimed for itself. Whatever their methods, whatever their mechanisms, whatever their degree of success, the survivors Boni gives voice to in Ganbare! provide an intimate, soul-aching, and above all human look at how people come to deal with loss, trauma, and death.

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Boni is writing a different history of Japan. A country that, despite Hiroshima (a great scene in which the author tastes sake with the victims of an atomic bomb), has convinced itself that nuclear energy is the safest in the world, and has now become a victim of its own pride. A nation that made the recipes for natural disasters into the heart of its own culture, and then, in the race for modernity, forgot what helped it survive on constantly trembling islands. But Ganbare! (we can do it!) is not just a book about Japan. It is also a fascinating journey deep into the experience of death.Books. Magazine for Reading

Katarzyna Boni is a master at using form. Thanks to this Ganbare! is a strong and extremely interesting report, in which the content is as important as the form. . . . One of the most interesting books of the year. PrzechamRecenzuje.pl

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ISBN-10: 1948830426
ISBN-13: 9781948830423
Publisher: Open Letter
Publish Date: 11/09/2021
Dimensions: 0.00" L, 0.00" W, 0.00" H
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