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Hiroko Tanaka is twenty-one and in love with the man she is to marry, Konrad Weiss. As she steps onto her veranda, wrapped in a kimono with three black cranes swooping across the Beginning on August 9, , in Nagasaki, and ending in a prison cell in the US in , as a man is waiting to be sent to Guantanamo Bay, Burnt Shadows is an epic narrative of love and betrayal. As she steps onto her veranda, wrapped in a kimono with three black cranes swooping across the back, her world is suddenly and irrevocably altered. In the numbing aftermath of the atomic bomb that obliterates everything she has known, all that remains are the bird-shaped burns on her back, an indelible reminder of the world she has lost. In search of new beginnings, two years later, Hiroko travels to Delhi. With the partition of India, and the creation of Pakistan, Hiroko will find herself displaced once again, in a world where old wars are replaced by new conflicts.

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As an unnamed captive is unshackled and stripped naked in readiness for the anonymity of an orange jumpsuit, he wonders: "How did it come to this? Unfolding in four sections, the novel traces the shared histories of two families, from the final days of the second world war in Japan, and India on the brink of partition in , to Pakistan in the early s, New York in the aftermath of 11 September and Afghanistan in the wake of the ensuing US bombing campaign.

At its heart is the beautifully drawn Hiroko Tanaka, first seen in Nagasaki in August as a young schoolteacher turned munitions factory worker whose artist father is branded a traitor for his outbursts against the emperor and kamikaze militarism. She falls in love with a lanky, russet-haired idealist from Berlin, Konrad Weiss, with whom she shares - along with other key characters - a love of languages. Her hosts discourage their romance "His world is so alien to yours" , even misinterpreting a moment of tenderness as one of predation by Sajjad.

Yet the couple grow closer as partition sunders Sajjad from Delhi as shockingly as Nagasaki was lost to Hiroko. After Hiroko decamps to New York, disgusted by nuclear posturing between India and Pakistan, and encounters Abdullah as a taxi driver, the final section alternates between an apartment she shares with Kim, overlooking the smouldering fires of Ground Zero, and Afghanistan, where Harry and his interpreter Raza have joined forces in a private security firm.

Through its succession of seemingly disparate, acutely observed worlds, Burnt Shadows reveals the impact of shared histories, hinting at larger tragedies through individual loss. There are minor flaws in plotting, and occasional excesses - gorilla suits as modes of escape, or soft toys sentimentalised as road kill to make a point. As Abdullah says bitterly, "My brother died winning their Cold War. A similar logic informs a chilling conversation about interrogation techniques.

Children are out of bounds. Rape is out of bounds. But otherwise Any reader anticipating a predictable yarn about the radicalisation of Islamist youth may feel cheated.

Far more, I suspect, will feel challenged and enlightened, possibly provoked, and undoubtedly enriched.

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As an unnamed captive is unshackled and stripped naked in readiness for the anonymity of an orange jumpsuit, he wonders: "How did it come to this? Unfolding in four sections, the novel traces the shared histories of two families, from the final days of the second world war in Japan, and India on the brink of partition in , to Pakistan in the early s, New York in the aftermath of 11 September and Afghanistan in the wake of the ensuing US bombing campaign. At its heart is the beautifully drawn Hiroko Tanaka, first seen in Nagasaki in August as a young schoolteacher turned munitions factory worker whose artist father is branded a traitor for his outbursts against the emperor and kamikaze militarism. She falls in love with a lanky, russet-haired idealist from Berlin, Konrad Weiss, with whom she shares - along with other key characters - a love of languages.

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In the prologue, an unidentified prisoner finds himself naked in a cell in Guantanamo , wondering "how did it come to this? The main story then begins in Nagasaki in , with Hiroko Tanaka, a 21 year old teacher-turned-munitions worker who is in love with the German Konrad Weiss. In search of new beginnings, Hiroko travels to Delhi. Ilse has meanwhile reclaimed her Identity, divorced James, and moved to New York. Raza finds himself, naively, swept up into the jihaddist movement in Afghanistan. Though the women have not seen each other in decades, they find themselves deeply bound to each other. The parallel convergence of the families in New York and Afghanistan is the foundation from which both tragedy and support arise.

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Hiroko turned to her, face bright with anger Is that why That s why Nagasaki was such a monstrous crime Because it happened to me She pulled the gloves off and threw them at Kim I don t want your hot chocolate, she said and stalked away. This book brings up a lot of sediment to sift through It wasn t always pleasant to read, but it was educational. Why Can t women travel alone in India Elizabeth almost laughed So much for those demure Japanese women of all the stories she d heard Here was one who would squeeze the sun in her fist if she ever got the chance yes, and tilt her head back to swallow its liquid light. An ambitious book,which tries to take on too many subjects,and doesn t quite succeed. Begins with the story of a Japanese victim of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. But if the idea was to show the destructive effects of the bomb on this victim,that doesn t happen.

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