Starting a few months before that event, his ten-volume saga shows life in Japan after years of war and privations, as seen through the eyes of seven- year- old Gen Nakaoka.
Volume Eight opens in 1950; Gen is now in middle school, where he meets both a progressive- minded schoolteacher at odds with his conservative superiors, and a brilliant but cynical classmate who challenges the teacher's -- and Gen's -- values at every turn. Gen also finds himself confronting the corrosive effects on postwar Hiroshima society of drugs and the arms industry on postwar Hiroshima society. With the Korean War offering new business opportunities, a new generation of death merchants holds sway in Japan. Gen, his mentor, and other peace- minded citizens are forced to struggle against red- baiting school officials, violent nationalists, and government censorship.
"Some of the best comics ever done... Nakazawa, I'm sure, will be considered one of the great comic artists of this century." -Robert Crumb
"Gen effectively bears witness to one of the central horrors of our time. This vivid and harrowing story will burn a radioactive crater in your memory that will never let you forget it." -Art Spiegelman
"Nakazawa's graphic presentation of what it was like to survive the atomic bombing of Hiroshima should be required reading for all citizens, beginning with the President. Perhaps then we might gain the maturity to stop such madness." -Hunter and Amory Lovins, Friends of the Earth