When the Emperor Was Divine

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Julie Otsuka

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Otsuka est né le 15 mai 1962 à Palo Alto, en Californie. Elle a enseigné à l'Université de Columbia, à l'Université de Yale et à la Columbia University School of the Arts, obtenant un baccalauréat ès arts en 1984. Elle a ensuite obtenu une maîtrise en beaux-arts de l'Université de Columbia en 1999.
Son père travaillait comme ingénieur en aérospatiale et sa mère travaillait comme technicienne de laboratoire avant de donner naissance à Otsuka. Ses deux parents étaient d'origine japonaise, son père étant un issei et sa mère étant une nisei. Quand elle avait neuf ans, sa famille a déménagé à Palos Verdes, en Californie. Elle a deux frères, dont l'un, Michael Otsuka, enseigne à la London School of Economics.
Son premier roman When the Emperor was Divine traitait de l'internement des Américains d'origine japonaise pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Il a été publié en 2002 par Alfred A. Knopf. Son deuxième roman, Le Bouddha dans le grenier (2011), parle de mariées japonaises.
Les romans de fiction historique d'Otsuka traitent des Américains d'origine japonaise. Ses livres attirent l'attention sur le sort des Américains d'origine japonaise pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale.
Otsuka vit à New York.

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When the Emperor Was Divine livre pdf lu et roman par Julie Otsuka

When the Emperor was Divine is a historical fictional novel written by American author Julie Otsuka about a Japanese-American family who was sent to a concentration camp in the Utah desert during World War II. The novel, loosely based on the wartime experiences of Otsuka's mother's family, was written from the perspective of four family members, detailing their expulsion from California and their time in the camp. It is Otsuka's first novel, and it was published by Alfred A. Knopf in the United States in 2002.

The book is broken into five uneven sections: “Evacuation Order No. 19,” “Train,” “When the Emperor Was Divine,” “In a Stranger’s Backyard,” and “Confession.” The first three sections are written in a distant third person narrative mode, where the characters are never referred to by name. The fourth section is in the shared point of view of the brother and the sister. The final section, which is only a few pages long, shifts into first person narration.

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The novel is set in April 1942, in Berkeley, California, a Japanese-American woman reads public signs , takes notes, and goes home to pack. Nine days later, she is still packing. She dresses up to go shopping. Joe doesn’t want to be paid and gives her two caramels for her children.

At home, the woman takes down mirrors, moves plants outdoors, moves valuables to the basement, and packs books and dishes in boxes. She gives the cat to the neighbors and kills and cleans the chicken, which she will cook for dinner. She eats rice balls and gives the family dog, leftovers with an egg. She thinks about her husband, who, despite being in an internment camp in Texas since December, writes faithfully. She ties White Dog to a tree, kills him with a shovel, and buries him along with her dirty white gloves. When the children return from school, the mother prepares a chicken dinner and lets her daughter’s pet macaw fly out the window while she imagines her husband in the house with them. She has no idea what the future holds for any of them.

The second section, “Train,” focuses on the family’s transition from their first barracks to the second camp. On the train the girl is the central character. She observes people closely and sneaks peeks out the windows of the train, even though the soldiers on the train tell her that she is supposed to keep the shades on the windows drawn.

When they reach the camp, the third-person narration shifts so that the young boy is the point-of-view character. His childlike view of the camp sets the tone for this section, the bulk of the book. The reader learns about the strict rules governing camp life and the harsh conditions people endure in the Nevada desert. The family tries to hold on to the memories of their old lives. The boy in particular is trying to hold on to the memories of the absent father. The mother is increasingly struggling with severe depression.

The fourth chapter describes the family’s return to their home and their struggle with discrimination in the wake of the war. In this chapter, only the mother and the two children make it home at first. The children are happy to be home, enjoying the return of their freedom. The mother is upset about the way their house was occupied in their absence. For much of the chapter, the mother attempts to restore the house to its prior condition. This is not the only element of their former lives that cannot be restored. Their neighbors refuse to welcome them back, and the family finds it difficult to reintegrate into the community.

The final chapter of the book is a monologue by the father, wherein he articulates a fake confession. It is framed as if in response to the interrogation he endured on the night of his arrest. It is brief, only a few pages long, but it is intense, angry, and bitterly sarcastic. It points out that he might as well confess to every crime he is accused of having committed since his accusers will never believe that he didn’t do anything. He maintains how he has no identity in their eyes, apart from his race, and how his guilt has already been determined, thanks to that prejudice, before he was even arrested and brought into the interrogation room for questioning. The book ends on this note, forcing the reader to confront their own complicity with prejudiced practices in American society.

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