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