• Hiroshima: Three Witnesses

    Hiroshima: Three Witnesses (Hardback) Edited by Richard H. Minear


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    DescriptionI'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.

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    Three Witnesses
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Richard H. Minear
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 165 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 846 g
    ISBN 13: 9780691055732
    ISBN 10: 0691055734

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG, HBWQ
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2GJ
    BIC E4L: HIS
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FPJ
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 43
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100
    LC classification: D767.25.H6
    B&T Approval Code: A15406050
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS021000
    DC22: 940.54/25
    LC subject heading:
    DC20: 895.6080358
    LC classification: D767.25.H6 H672 1990
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    Illustrations note
    illustrations, maps
    Princeton University Press
    Imprint name
    Princeton University Press
    Publication date
    01 December 1990
    Publication City/Country
    New Jersey