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Gently to Nagasaki

Gently to Nagasaki is Joy Kogawa's memoir.

Joy Kogawa

Gently to Nagasaki is a spiritual pilgrimage, an exploration both communal and intensely personal. Set in Vancouver and Toronto, the outposts of Slocan and Coaldale, the streets of Nagasaki and the high mountains of Shikoku, Japan, it is also an account of a remarkable life. As a child during WWII, Joy Kogawa was interned with her family and thousands of other Japanese Canadians by the Canadian government. Her acclaimed novel Obasan, based on that experience, brought her literary recognition and played a critical role in the movement for redress. Kogawa knows what it means to be classified as the enemy, and she seeks urgently to get beyond false and dangerous distinctions of "us" and "them." Interweaving the events of her own life with catastrophes like the bombing of Nagasaki and the massacre by the Japanese imperial army at Nanking, she wrestles with essential questions like good and evil, love and hate, rage and forgiveness, determined above all to arrive at her own truths. Poetic and unflinching, this is a long-awaited memoir from one of Canada's most distinguished literary elders. (From Caitlin Press)

Interviews

We bring together two Japanese-Canadian authors, Joy Kogawa and Mark Sakamoto, to open up the dialogue about one of the darkest chapter in Canada's history. 12:07
Joy Kogawa on her memoir "Gently to Nagasaki" 16:58
Joy Kogawa releases new memoir chronicling her life inside an internment camp to becoming one of Canada's most celebrated authors 7:27

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