Shaw Kuzki was born in 1957 in Hiroshima and belongs to the second-generation of survivors of the American atomic bombing in August 1945. She studied Anglo-Irish literature at Sophia University in Tokyo and was a lecturer for English and English literature at two universities. Today Shaw Kuzki lives in Kamakura in the Japanese Kanagawa Prefecture. Since her literary debut in 2004 she has been considered one the most important and successful children’s and youth book writers in Japan.
Her multiple award-winning works include fantasy stories as well as realistic novels about the path to self-discovery. Many of Shaw Kuzki’s stories are associated with a genre specific to Japan: the so-called atomic bomb literature, which focusses on the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan and the consequences thereof, thus keeping the memories of it alive.
The events with Shaw Kuzki are moderated by Gregor Wakounig, Japanologist, translator, and freelance journalist.
To Soul Lanterns. Die schwimmenden Laternen von Hiroshima from Shaw Kuzki
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