The Cake Tree in the Ruins

The Cake Tree in the Ruins - Pushkin Collection

Short stories

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Synopsis

Intensely moving stories that tell of the absurd violence of war, and tenderly depict the animals and children caught in its vortex.

In 1945, Akiyuki Nosaka watched the Allied firebombing of Kobe kill his adoptive parents, and then witnessed his sister starving to death. The shocking and blisteringly memorable stories of The Cake Tree in the Ruins are based on his own experiences as a child in Japan during the Second World War.

They are stories of a lonely whale searching the oceans for a mate, who sacrifices himself for love; of a mother desperately trying to save her son with her tears; of a huge, magnificent tree which grows amid the ruins of a burnt-out town, its branches made from the sweetest cake imaginable.

Profound, heartbreaking and aglow with a piercing beauty, they express the chaos and terror of conflict, yet also how love can illuminate even the darkest moment.

Book information

ISBN: 9781782274186
Publisher: Steerforth Press
Imprint: Pushkin Collection
Pub date:
Edition: Short stories
DEWEY: 895.635
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 152g
Height: 121mm
Width: 163mm
Spine width: 14mm