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Hiroshima : Three Witnesses - Richard Minear


Three Witnesses

By: Richard Minear (Editor)

Paperback Published: 27th February 1990
ISBN: 9780691008370
Number Of Pages: 412

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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.

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Note on Japanese Names and Termsp. xiii
Introductionp. 3
Summer Flowersp. 19
Translator's Introductionp. 21
Summer Flowersp. 45
From the Ruinsp. 61
Prelude to Annihilationp. 79
City of Corpsesp. 115
Translator's Introductionp. 117
Preface to Second Edition (1950)p. 147
An Autumn So Horrible Even the Stones Cry Outp. 153
Expressionless Facesp. 165
Hiroshima, City of Doomp. 178
The City: A Tangle of Corpsesp. 198
Reliefp. 225
Wind and Rainp. 251
Late Autumn Koto Musicp. 268
Poems of the Atomic Bombp. 275
Translator's Introductionp. 277
Preludep. 305
August 6p. 306
Dyingp. 308
Flamesp. 311
Blindp. 313
At the Makeshift Aid Stationp. 315
Eyesp. 317
Warehouse Chroniclep. 319
Old Womanp. 323
Season of Flamesp. 327
Little Onep. 331
Grave Markerp. 334
The Shadowp. 339
A Friendp. 341
Landscape with Riverp. 343
Dawnp. 344
The Smilep. 346
August 6, 1950p. 347
Nightp. 350
In the Streetsp. 352
To a Certain Womanp. 353
Landscapep. 355
Appealp. 357
When Will That Day Come?p. 358
Entreatyp. 366
Afterwordp. 367
The Hiroshima Murals of Maruki Iri and Maruki Toshi: A Notep. 371
Glossaryp. 379
Guide to Names and Placesp. 381
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 389
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ISBN: 9780691008370
ISBN-10: 069100837X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 412
Published: 27th February 1990
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 15.9  x 2.69
Weight (kg): 0.53