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Danny Karlin: Julie Otsuka, 3 April 2003

When the Emperor Was Divine 
by Julie Otsuka.
Viking, 160 pp., £9.99, January 2003, 0 670 91263 8
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... Julie Otsuka’s novella When the Emperor Was Divine tells, in discontinuous sections and different narrative modes, the story of a Japanese-American family split up in the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor – the father detained in military camps, the mother and two children interned in the Utah desert ...

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