Hiroshima Three Witnesses

ISBN-10: 069100837X
ISBN-13: 9780691008370
Edition: 1990
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Description: "I'll search you out, put my lips to your tender ear, and tell you. . . . I'll tell you the real story--I swear I will."--fromLittle Oneby Toge Sankichi Three Japanese authors of note--Hara Tamiki, Ota Yoko, and Toge Sankichi--survived the atomic  More...

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Book details

List price: $60.00
Copyright year: 1990
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 2/27/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

"I'll search you out, put my lips to your tender ear, and tell you. . . . I'll tell you the real story--I swear I will."--fromLittle Oneby Toge Sankichi Three Japanese authors of note--Hara Tamiki, Ota Yoko, and Toge Sankichi--survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima only to shoulder an appalling burden: bearing witness to ultimate horror. Between 1945 and 1952, in prose and in poetry, they published the premier first-person accounts of the atomic holocaust. Forty-five years have passed since August 6, 1945, yet this volume contains the first complete English translation of Hara'sSummer Flowers, the first English translation of Ota'sCity of Corpses, and a new translation of Toge'sPoems of the Atomic Bomb. No reader will emerge unchanged from reading these works. Different from each other in their politics, their writing, and their styles of life and death, Hara, Ota, and Toge were alike in feeling compelled to set down in writing what they experienced. Within forty-eight hours of August 6, before fleeing the city for shelter in the hills west of Hiroshima, Hara jotted down this note: "Miraculously unhurt; must be Heaven's will that I survive and report what happened." Ota recorded her own remarks to her half-sister as they walked down a street littered with corpses: "I'm looking with two sets of eyesthe eyes of a human being and the eyes of a writer." And the memorable words of Toge quoted above come from a poem addressed to a child whose father was killed in the South Pacific and whose mother died on August 6th--who would tell of that day? The works of these three authors convey as much of the "real story" as can be put into words.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Note on Japanese Names and Terms
Introduction
Summer Flowers
Translator's Introduction
Summer Flowers
From the Ruins
Prelude to Annihilation
City of Corpses
Translator's Introduction
Preface to Second Edition (1950)
An Autumn So Horrible Even the Stones Cry Out
Expressionless Faces
Hiroshima, City of Doom
The City: A Tangle of Corpses
Relief
Wind and Rain
Late Autumn Koto Music
Poems of the Atomic Bomb
Translator's Introduction
Prelude
August 6
Dying
Flames
Blind
At the Makeshift Aid Station
Eyes
Warehouse Chronicle
Old Woman
Season of Flames
Little One
Grave Marker
The Shadow
A Friend
Landscape with River
Dawn
The Smile
August 6, 1950
Night
In the Streets
To a Certain Woman
Landscape
Appeal
When Will That Day Come?
Entreaty
Afterword
The Hiroshima Murals of Maruki Iri and Maruki Toshi: A Note
Glossary
Guide to Names and Places
Suggestions for Further Reading

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