publication date: Monday, June 14, 2021 (part of Summer 2021)

category: Literature

clue: He was so shaped by the horrors of WWII, particularly the loss of his sister after their city was firebombed, that he wrote acclaimed children's stories that used fireflies and seaweed as metaphors for war.

explanation: Most of Nosaka's family was killed in the bombing of Kobe when he was a teenager. He tried to care for his little sister in the aftermath, but she eventually died of malnutrition, and the grief so pained him that he wrote Grave of the Fireflies about it. He also wrote American Hijiki. more…

difficulty: hard

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Erik Bates, and Mike Eberhart


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