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Okuizumi Hikaru And The Mystery Of War Memory

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This chapter examines Okuizumis The Stones Cry Out in order to probe the following questions: What does it mean for Okuizumi, born over a decade after the end of the War, to create a body of work that focuses on the memory of the War? How does this change the landscape of postwar Japanese literature and challenge the historical boundary of what has come to be known as the postwar period? In analyzing the style and methods of The Stones Cry Out, the chapter discusses the way Okuizumi transforms collective historical memory into art, and how that artistic creation establishes a dialectical resonance with the past, urging readers who have not experienced war firsthand to perceive that the present and future are built upon lessons from the past embodied, not falsified, in an artistic imagination that transcends the limitation of historicism and empiricism.

Keywords: Okuizumi Hikaru; The Stones Cry Out; war memory



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