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Japan Society Book Club: The Eternal Zero by Naoki Hyakuta

9 October — 7:00 pm


Monday 9 October 2017                      7.00pm

The Japan Society
13 / 14 Cornwall Terrace
London NW1 4QP

Free for Japan Society Members
Book online here

Available from Abe BooksBook Depository and Amazon
Japanese original available here

‘Your grandfather was a coward.’ That is the angry recollection with which a former Zero fighter pilot greets two Japanese siblings who know next to nothing about the war in the Pacific. The testimony rattles and confuses aspiring lawyer Kentaro and journalist Keiko since the only thing they know about their grandfather, Kyuzo Miyabe is that he died a kamikaze. At the heart of this book is a mystery about a long-dead man, his actions and intentions, and his understanding of the meaning of wartime loyalty and sacrifice.

The book club is held every month. There is no restriction on the nationality of the authors read, but books should be available in translation in both Japanese and English. The discussion is conducted mainly in English, but you can choose the language in which you read the book. The intention is simple: to explore the themes of the book, express personal opinions on the style and content, discuss how the book has changed (or not) in translation and to have a relaxed discussion with others who have similar interests.

Naoki Hyukata (b. 1956) is a Japanese author and screenwriter, best known for his 2006 novel The Eternal Zero, his controversial period as a governor of government broadcaster NHK, and his denial of the Nanking Massacre.

To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email events@japansociety.org.uk or submit the online booking form.

 

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