A Song for Nagasaki: The Story of Takashi Nagai - Scientist, Convert, and Survivor of the Atomic Bomb [NOOK Book]

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On August 9, 1945, an American B-29 dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, killing tens of thousands of people in the blink of an eye, while fatally injuring and poisoning thousands more. Among the survivors was Takashi Nagai, a pioneer in radiology research and a convert to the Catholic Faith. Living in the rubble of the ruined city and suffering from leukemia caused by over-exposure to radiation, Nagai lived out the remainder of his remarkable life by bringing physical and...

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A Song for Nagasaki: The Story of Takashi Nagai - Scientist, Convert, and Survivor of the Atomic Bomb

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Overview

On August 9, 1945, an American B-29 dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, killing tens of thousands of people in the blink of an eye, while fatally injuring and poisoning thousands more. Among the survivors was Takashi Nagai, a pioneer in radiology research and a convert to the Catholic Faith. Living in the rubble of the ruined city and suffering from leukemia caused by over-exposure to radiation, Nagai lived out the remainder of his remarkable life by bringing physical and spiritual healing to his war-weary people.

A Song for Nagasaki tells the moving story of this extraordinary man, beginning with his boyhood and the heroic tales and stoic virtues of his family's Shinto religion. It reveals the inspiring story of Nagai's remarkable spiritual journey from Shintoism to atheism to Catholicism. Mixed with interesting details about Japanese history and culture, the biography traces Nagai's spiritual quest as he studied medicine at Nagasaki University, served as a medic with the Japanese army during its occupation of Manchuria, and returned to Nagasaki to dedicate himself to the science of radiology. The historic Catholic district of the city, where Nagai became a Catholic and began a family, was ground zero for the atomic bomb.

After the bomb disaster that killed thousands, including Nagai's beloved wife, Nagai, then Dean of Radiology at Nagasaki University, threw himself into service to the countless victims of the bomb explosion, even though it meant deadly exposure to the radiation which eventually would cause his own death. While dying, he also wrote powerful books that became best-sellers in Japan. These included The Bells of Nagasaki, which resonated deeply with theJapanese people in their great suffering as it explores the Christian message of love and forgiveness. Nagai became a highly revered man and is considered a saint by many Japanese people.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000719107
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 338,431
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Foreword Shusaku Endo 9

1 Calmness, the Number One Son 13

2 Fireflies, Snow and a Lioness 20

3 Kublai Khan, Tsune and Pascal 26

4 The Mouse Who Could Not See the Stars 37

5 'Tis an Ill Wind 43

6 The Hidden Christians 48

7 The Bells of Nagasaki 58

8 Dew on a Morning Glory 66

9 Silent Night and a Precious Life 73

10 The Virgin and the Prostitute 86

11 The Great Pan Is Dead 95

12 At the Feet of a Janitor-Sensei 100

13 White Australia and the Yellow Peril 108

14 Typhoons and Graceful Bamboo 116

15 A Christian Nenbutsu and the Dark Night 125

16 Arrogant Heike Tumble 134

17 The Machine That Turned on Its Master 140

18 But Midori Will Be beside Me 147

19 When the Sun Turned Black 154

20 And the Rain Turned to Poison 159

21 The Last Black Hole in the Universe? 168

22 Talking Bones and a New Mantra 172

23 High Noon, and a Nation Wept 177

24 Not from Chance Our Comfort Springs 185

25 The Parable of the Bare Hut 196

26 The Little Girl Who Could Not Cry 203

27 The Song of a Tokyo Leper 215

28 The Bluebird Who Visited the Bear 221

29 The Navel of the World 231

30 Cherry Blossoms Fall on the Third Day 241

31 For All That Has Been, Thanks; for All That Will Be, Yes 249

Epilogue 257

Glossary of Japanese Words 262

Acknowledgments 266

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