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Hiroshima: Three Witnesses / Edition 1
     

Hiroshima: Three Witnesses / Edition 1

by Princeton University Press, Toge Sankichi, Richard H. Minear
 

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ISBN-10: 069100837X

ISBN-13: 9780691008370

Pub. Date: 02/07/1990

Publisher: Princeton University Press

"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."—from Little One by 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

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"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."—from Little One by 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's Summer Flowers, the first English translation of Ota's City of Corpses, and a new translation of Toge's Poems 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691008370
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
02/07/1990
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 8.66(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
Acknowledgmentsxi
Note on Japanese Names and Termsxiii
Introduction3
Summer Flowers19
Translator's Introduction21
Summer Flowers45
From the Ruins61
Prelude to Annihilation79
City of Corpses115
Translator's Introduction117
Preface to Second Edition (1950)147
An Autumn So Horrible Even the Stones Cry Out153
Expressionless Faces165
Hiroshima, City of Doom178
The City: A Tangle of Corpses198
Relief225
Wind and Rain251
Late Autumn Koto Music268
Poems of the Atomic Bomb275
Translator's Introduction277
Prelude305
August 6306
Dying308
Flames311
Blind313
At the Makeshift Aid Station315
Eyes317
Warehouse Chronicle319
Old Woman323
Season of Flames327
Little One331
Grave Marker334
The Shadow339
A Friend341
Landscape with River343
Dawn344
The Smile346
August 6, 1950347
Night350
In the Streets352
To a Certain Woman353
Landscape355
Appeal357
When Will That Day Come?358
Entreaty366
Afterword367
The Hiroshima Murals of Maruki Iri and Maruki Toshi: A Note371
Glossary379
Guide to Names and Places381
Suggestions for Further Reading389

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