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A Boy Called H: A Childhood in Wartime Japan Paperback – 14 Feb 2003

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  • Paperback: 536 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha International Ltd (14 Feb. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4770029357
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770029355
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 4.8 x 15.2 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,696,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Once in a blue moon, a book comes along that makes you want to put the world on hold. 'A Boy Called H' is such a book...It ranks with a handful of classics about children in wartime." "A kid who soaks up the quirks of the world like a sponge, taking everything as a puzzle and nothing for granted...It is easy to see how the generation that shared Senoh's wartime childhood would be riveted by this truth-telling everybody."

About the Author

On leaving school, KAPPA SENOH worked as a graphic designer before making his largely self-taught debut as a stage designer in 1954. Since then his work for the theater, as well as for operas and musicals, has made him one of Japan's leading artists in the field and won him many awards. He is also known as a best-selling essayist and illustrator, especially for his "Kappa Takes a Look at ..." travel book series on various parts of the world, with their uniquely detailed drawings. A Boy Called H is his first venture into full-length book form. The translator, JOHN BESTER, an Englishman who has lived most of his life in Japan, is one of the foremost translators of Japanese literature. Among his translations are works by Masuji Ibuse, Yukio Mishima, Kenzaburo Oe, and Kenji Miyazawa. In 1990 he received the first Noma Translation Award.

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