The Great Fire

Shirley Hazzard, 2003

A British officer, assigned to survey damage in East Asia after World War II, is drawn to the children of an Australian commander in Japan and must rethink his post war despair.
The leitmotif is the need for love to counteract the vile wind of history that breeds loss and dislocation. Hazzard writes gently, tenderly, yet with fierce knowledge of how a dearth of love can render lives meaningless.

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