• Ces Japonaises ont tout abandonné au début du XXe siècle pour épouser aux États-Unis, sur la foi d'un portrait, un inconnu. Celui dont elles ont tant rêvé, qui va tant les décevoir. Choeur vibrant, leurs voix s'élèvent pour raconter l'exil : la nuit de noces, les journées aux champs, la langue revêche, l'humiliation, les joies aussi. Puis le silence de la guerre. Et l'oubli.

    D'une écriture incantatoire, Julie Otsuka redonne chair à ces héroïnes anonymes dans une mosaïque de la mémoire éblouissante. Un roman bouleversant.

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  • Empruntant largement à l'histoire de ses grands-parents, déportés comme des centaines de milliers de citoyens américains d'origine japonaise, après l'attaque de Pearl Harbour, Julie Otsuka retrace le destin d'une paisible famille de Berkeley. Dans ce climat de psychose et de peur collectives où chacun est soupçonné d'être un traître au service de l'empereur, commence une lente descente aux enfers... Alors que le père est déjà interné, la mère et ses deux jeunes enfants sont envoyés dans un camp de l'Utah aux confins du désert. Un exil fait de privations et de souffrance, où les pires sévices sont perpétrés dans l'indifférence générale. Trois ans plus tard, lorsque le monde sort de sa folie et qu'arrive le temps des retrouvailles, c'est une famille brisée qui doit réapprendre à vivre avec ses voisins.

  • Presents the stories of six Japanese mail-order brides whose new lives in early twentieth-century San Francisco are marked by backbreaking migrant work, cultural struggles, children who reject their heritage, and the prospect of wartime internment.

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  • Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award For Fiction National Book Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist A New York Times Notable Book A gorgeous novel by the celebrated author of When the Emperor Was Divine that tells the story of a group of young women brought from Japan to San Francisco as picture brides nearly a century ago. In eight unforgettable sections, The Buddha in the Attic traces the extraordinary lives of these women, from their arduous journeys by boat, to their arrival in San Francisco and their tremulous first nights as new wives; from their experiences raising children who would later reject their culture and language, to the deracinating arrival of war. Once again, Julie Otsuka has written a spellbinding novel about identity and loyalty, and what it means to be an American in uncertain times.

  • Julie Otsuka’s commanding debut novel paints a portrait of the Japanese internment camps unlike any we have ever seen. With crystalline intensity and precision, Otsuka uses a single family to evoke the deracination--both physical and emotional--of a generation of Japanese Americans. In five chapters, each flawlessly executed from a different point of view--the mother receiving the order to evacuate; the daughter on the long train ride to the camp; the son in the desert encampment; the family’s return to their home; and the bitter release of the father after more than four years in captivity--she has created a small tour de force, a novel of unrelenting economy and suppressed emotion. Spare, intimate, arrestingly understated, When the Emperor Was Divine is a haunting evocation of a family in wartime and an unmistakably resonant lesson for our times. It heralds the arrival of a singularly gifted new novelist.

  • Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award For Fiction National Book Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist A New York Times Notable Book A gorgeous novel by the celebrated author of When the Emperor Was Divine that tells the story of a group of young women brought from Japan to San Francisco as picture brides nearly a century ago. In eight unforgettable sections, The Buddha in the Attic traces the extraordinary lives of these women, from their arduous journeys by boat, to their arrival in San Francisco and their tremulous first nights as new wives; from their experiences raising children who would later reject their culture and language, to the deracinating arrival of war. Once again, Julie Otsuka has written a spellbinding novel about identity and loyalty, and what it means to be an American in uncertain times.

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