Michael Ignatieff on Hollywood Imagining Japan That Never Was

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Michael Ignatieff on Hollywood Imagining Japan That Never Was

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Former Liberal MP Michael Ignatieff’s new book “On Consolation” is a compelling account of what he learned from Japan’s Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic attacks in 1945.

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It was difficult to escape the horrors of those two situations even as a child in Japan because of the summer carnivals taking place in the streets. As a listener and as a writer, his teaching me a lesson: in the face of horror, you use your compassion to find the silver lining, and try to use that compassion to end the suffering.

In his books and in the book “On Consolation” he offers a number of examples to help comfort and comfort the communities affected by this terrible political event of our time. He also works in a moving tale of friendship and mutual understanding between two fellow writers who have found solace in each other. Their meeting on a retreat that also served as a memorial will have you thinking of your own relationships and deep friendships.

In his new book Michael Ignatieff, former Liberal Leader and leader of the Canadian Liberal Party, recounts how Japanese officials went about helping the survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki when the United States was bombing Germany.

He shares his own life story.

In the spirit of the book “On Consolation” listen to Michael Ignatieff’s new book from Hachette which can be purchased here: “On Consolation”

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