Here’s the link for “Radiation”

“Radiation”  That art glows like it’s alive, doesn’t it? ” Click to read. “…everything she could have written she dipped into the inkwell of memory. Books were burned, and the family genealogy, and anything that might single them out more than they had…”


~ by Shirley Kwan on November 10, 2012.

2 Responses to “Here’s the link for “Radiation””

  1. This is an excruciatingly beautiful story. Each word seems so painstakingly considered, the art or craft of the author visible in every line. As I read it I felt like I do when I hear a great musical work, not wanting it to end, but knowing I can revisit it again and again. That is what you have here: a symphony of words, and it is as compelling and complex as Mozart’s Requiem or Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

    You are facing big questions and looking at them through a lens of time, with us going back to when the Jesuits came to Japan. This provides a background, if not a back story, and then we are impelled forward, through decades as we get to understand what is ostensibly nonsensical, that a society can have caste and that people are regulated and in a “darkness” that there seems to be no chance of avoiding.

    The narrator is at once profound and simplistic. The little things are not overlooked, details that are strung together like leaves on a vine. But this is woven into the fabric of the story, allowing us illumination, allowing her illumination, that seems to not only subsume the darkness, but over come the difficulties that society, time, and history have placed in her path.

    By the time we get to the end and the funeral, it seems that there is the cathartic moment that most good fiction needs, but there is also a realization that there is an essence in life that rise above the darkness, that in the end there is a beginning, and that light overwhelms things and makes us anew.

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