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Japan Society Book Club: In the Woods of Memory by Shun Medoruma

12 August — 7:00 pm


Monday 12 August 2019 7.00pm

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

Free for Japan Society Members
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In the Woods of Memory is a powerful, thought-provoking novel that focuses on two incidents during the Battle of Okinawa, 1945: the sexual assault on Sayoko, 17, by four US soldiers and her friend Seiji’s attempt at revenge. Narrations through nine points of view, Japanese and American, from 1945 to the present day, reveal the full complexity of events and how war trauma inevitably ripples through the generations.

Shun Medoruma was born in Okinawa in 1960. After graduating from the University of Ryukyu, he worked as a guard and later as a teacher until 2003. He has written novels based on Okinawan nature, history, and climate, focusing especially on the Battle of Okinawa and memories of that war experience and the impact of the US military bases on contemporary Okinawa. Another element of Medoruma’s fiction is his use of uchina-guchi or Okinawan language. He won the Akutagawa Prize in 1997 for his short story ‘A Drop of Water’ (Suiteki).

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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12 August
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