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Fractious Memories In Medoruma Shun's Tales Of War

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Medoruma Shun, a prominent Okinawan intellectual, was not widely known until 1997 when he won the prestigious Akutagawa Prize, though he had been receiving regional literary prizes since the early 1980s. This chapter analyses Medorumas three most important works that thematize war: Sui- teki, Mabuigumi, and Guncho no ki. In each work of this thematically linked trilogy Medoruma makes clear the long lasting effects wartime trauma has on the lives of his characters. The aim of this analysis is twofold: first, it shows how, in each story, survivors of the Battle of Okinawa or their descendents physically bear the burden of war memory. Second, while these characters unburden themselves of repressed memories in the course of the works, there is no resolution to the trauma of war; it bleeds into the lives of the postwar generation.

Keywords: fractious memories; Medoruma Shun; Okinawa; tales of war



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