Hiroshima Notes

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Hiroshima Notes is a powerful statement on the Hiroshima bombing and its terrible legacy by the 1994 Nobel laureate for literature. Oe’s account of the lives of the many victims of Hiroshima and the valiant efforts of those who cared for them, both immediately after the atomic blast and in the years that follow, reveals the horrific extent of the devastation. It is a heartrending portrait of a ravaged city — the “human face” in the midst of nuclear destruction.

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Overview


Hiroshima Notes is a powerful statement on the Hiroshima bombing and its terrible legacy by the 1994 Nobel laureate for literature. Oe’s account of the lives of the many victims of Hiroshima and the valiant efforts of those who cared for them, both immediately after the atomic blast and in the years that follow, reveals the horrific extent of the devastation. It is a heartrending portrait of a ravaged city — the “human face” in the midst of nuclear destruction.

Nobel prize-winner Kenzaburo Oe persistently confronts the hellish dimensions of contemporary life with keen and balanced grasp of personal concerns and social realities. This is his moving statement on the meaning of the Hiroshima bombing. Its universal message, developed by Oe over a number of essays, concerns the moral and ethical implications of nuclear war.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Japanese novelist Oe, who won a Nobel Prize in 1994, wrote these searching essays between 1963 and 1965, when he made frequent visits to the rebuilt city of Hiroshima and interviewed survivors. The collection, now reissued on the 50th anniversary of the bombing, examines the moral and political implications of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Oe explores how A-bomb survivors maintained their dignity despite shattered health resulting from radiation exposure. He writes about the courage of Hiroshima's doctors and nurses who engaged in emergency efforts despite their own afflictions. He also reports on the Japanese movement to ban nuclear weapons, and divulges that medical authorities in Japan suppressed or withheld evidence of the link between radiation exposure and leukemia. The impact of this grim report is enhanced by its calm restraint and the spare, evocative line drawings. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802134646
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/1996
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,394,741
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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