When the Emperor Was Divine
When the Emperor Was Divine

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.

Title When the Emperor Was Divine
Author Julie Otsuka
Publisher Anchor Books
Title First Published 14 October 2003
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 160 p.
ISBN-10 0385721811
ISBN-13 9780385721813
Publication Date 14 October 2003
Main content page count 160
Weight 16 oz.

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