Obasan by Joy Kogawa

Obasan is a novel by the Japanese-Canadian author Joy Kogawa. First published by Lester and Orpen Dennys in 1981, it chronicles Canada's internment and persecution of its citizens of Japanese descent during World War II from the perspective of a young child. In 2005, it was the One Book, One Vancouver selection. The book is often required reading for university English courses on Canadian Literature. It also figures in Ethnic Studies and Asian American Literature [sic] courses in the United States. Kogawa uses strong imagery of silence, stones and streams throughout the novel. She has lots of interesting dreams that are carried throughout the novel as well. Themes depicted in the novel include memory and forgetting, prejudice and tolerance, identity, and justice versus injustice. Kogawa contemplates many of these themes in her poetry as well.

The 1709th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 59th on Top 100 World Literature Titles (Perfection Learning)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Obasan Audio Cassette 13875422 $47.50 1986
Obasan Paperback 898791 $0.01
Obasan Hardcover 5242351 $1.67
Obasan Kindle Edition 118713 $4.99 2012
Obasan Paperback 3578081 $0.01 1994
Obasan Hardcover 7325285 $46.00
Obasan Mass Market Paperback 1008729 $5.26 $0.01 1983
Obasan Paperback 72115 $2.23 $0.01 1994
Obasan Paperback 5187109 $0.75
Obasan (Between the Covers Classics) Audio Cassette 3757228 $19.61 $18.00 2000
Obasan: Puffin Classics Paperback 1317790 $4.99 2014
Obasan Paperback 4988550 $0.01
Obasan Paperback 1507934 $29.95 $3.00 1984
Obasan Hardcover 3647874 $15.74 $14.23 1993
Obasan (SparkNotes Literature Guide) (SparkNotes Literature Guide Series) Kindle Edition 1052772 2014