Listen David Mura talks about his first novel Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire
Listen Mura explains where the idea for this book arose
Listen Mura talks about the difficulties of discussing suicide
Listen Mura reads from 'Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire'
Twin Cities writer David Mura says his novel, "Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire," was inspired years ago when he read a story about the son of a "no-no boy."
No-no boys were pariahs in the Japanese-American community. They were men who refused to take a loyalty oath to the U.S. while being held in the internment camps for people of Japanese descent at the start of World War II.
Mura's central character, Ben Ohara, is the son of a no-no boy. The book follows him as he comes to understand the pressures which have shaped his life.
This is Mura's first novel. He told Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr taking the loyalty oath was not as simple a proposition as it might seem.