Ghosts of the Tsunami


A skilful and profound account of one of the greatest disasters of the last years in Japan: the earthquake and tsunami of the 11th of March 2011 that struck the northeast part of the country. Perry doesn’t focus on emotions — a significant portion of the book is almost an investigative journalism. The author strives, first and foremost, to understand what hadn’t worked and what contributed to an even larger number of casualties. He tells the tragedy from a perspective of one elementary school where over seventy children had died. He talks with their grieving parents, with teachers avoiding responsibility, and officials dismissing the case. There is no idealization or sensationalism, but there is a solid piece of journalism written by a person breathing and living Japan for over twenty years.

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