Friday, September 4, 2020

Inheritors by Asako Serizawa

 Generations of Japanese singed by war form the vital heart of this brilliant novel which reads more like an interconnected set of short stories. Serizawa’s phenomenal debut questions whether we remember history and illustrates the way even distant tidal waves of events have the capacity to remake our lives even decades later. From the Sino-Japanese engagements to World War II and our war with the climate, this is a brilliant exploration of how we are shaped by conflict both internal and external. Set in the remote reaches of Japan, China and the United States, an extraordinary and wholly original accomplishment.