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A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding

A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding
  • Author(s): Jackie Copleton
  • Location(s): Nagasaki, United States (USA)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern looking back

LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2016 Amaterasu Takahashi has spent her life grieving for her daughter Yuko and grandson Hideo, who were victims of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki in 1945. Now a widow living...

The Heat of the Sun

The Heat of the Sun
  • Author(s): David Rain
  • Location(s): Mexico, Nagasaki, New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 20th Century

An exuberant debut that sweeps across the twentieth century—beginning where one world-famous love story left off to introduce us to another With Sophie Tucker belting from his hand-crank phonograph and a circle of boarding-school admirers laughing uproariously around him,...

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
  • Author(s): David Mitchell
  • Location(s): Dejima
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Late 18th Century

Be transported to a place like no other: a tiny, man-made island in the bay of Nagasaki, for two hundred years the sole gateway between Japan and the West. Here, in the dying days of the 18th-century, a young...

The Gilded Fan

The Gilded Fan
  • Author(s): Christina Courtenay
  • Location(s): Amsterdam, Nagasaki, Plymouth
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Early 1640s

How do you start a new life, leaving behind all you love? It’s 1641, and when Midori Kumashiro, the orphaned daughter of a warlord, is told she has to leave Japan or die, she has no choice but to...

Nagasaki

Nagasaki
  • Author(s): Eric Faye
  • Location(s): Nagasaki
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

In a house on a suburban street in Nagasaki, meteorologist Shimura Kobo lives quietly on his own. Or so he believes. Food begins to go missing. Perturbed by this threat to his orderly life, Shimura sets up a webcam...

A Pale View of Hills

A Pale View of Hills
  • Author(s): Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Location(s): London, Nagasaki
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Early 2000s and post WW2

In his highly acclaimed debut, Kazuo Ishiguro tells the story of Etsuko, a Japanese woman now living alone in England, dwelling on the recent suicide of her daughter. Retreating into the past, she finds herself reliving one particular hot...

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