So I would like to nominate I book I have been thinking about recently, and would like to read once more after a number of years.
by Masuji Ibuse (translated into English by John Bester). This is a fictional novel (based on real life diaries and accounts) of survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. It is told from the point of view of an ordinary family, and is not any sort of one-sided polemic against the bombing. In fact it is equally critical of the militaristic regime in Japan. It's the best novel on the subject ever written in my opinion.
Here is a link to the Inkmesh search for the ebook; both Kindle and epub formats are available. http://inkmesh.com/ebooks/black-rain...?qs=black+rain
Ibuse was a highly regarded writer in Japan. The fact that he is relatively unknown elsewhere is due to the fact that few of his books have been translated. As far as I am aware only Black Rain
and a collection of short stories titled Salamander and Other Stories
. Here is a nice obituary I found for Ibuse: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/pe...e-1484652.html