Hiroshima Three Witnesses
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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 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.
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Copyright year: 1990
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 2/27/1990
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
|List of Illustrations|
|Note on Japanese Names and Terms|
|From the Ruins|
|Prelude to Annihilation|
|City of Corpses|
|Preface to Second Edition (1950)|
|An Autumn So Horrible Even the Stones Cry Out|
|Hiroshima, City of Doom|
|The City: A Tangle of Corpses|
|Wind and Rain|
|Late Autumn Koto Music|
|Poems of the Atomic Bomb|
|At the Makeshift Aid Station|
|Season of Flames|
|Landscape with River|
|August 6, 1950|
|In the Streets|
|To a Certain Woman|
|When Will That Day Come?|
|The Hiroshima Murals of Maruki Iri and Maruki Toshi: A Note|
|Guide to Names and Places|
|Suggestions for Further Reading|