The Cake Tree in the Ruins
Author: Akiyuki Nosaka
Translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori
9781782274186 | PB | pp. 160 | 2018 | Pushkin Press
Profound, heartbreaking and aglow with a piercing beauty,The Cake Tree in the Ruins is based on the author’s experiences of World War II in Japan.
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The Cake Tree in the Ruins are based on his own experiences as a child in Japan during the Second World War. In 1945 the author watched the Allied firebombing of Kobe kill his adoptive parents, and then witnessed his sister starving to death.
There are stories of a lonely whale searching the oceans for a mate, who sacrifices himself for love; of a mother desperately trying to save her son with her tears; of a huge, magnificent tree which grows amid the ruins of a burnt-out town, its branches made from the sweetest cake imaginable.
Profound, heartbreaking and aglow with a piercing beauty, they express the chaos and terror of conflict, yet also how love can illuminate even the darkest moment.
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