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The Atomic bomb : voices from Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Publication Information:
Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, c1989.
Physical Description:
xxxvi, 257 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Target Audience:
1050 L
General Note:
"An East gate book."
The United States, Japan, and the atomic bomb / Mark Selden - - August 6 / Agawa Hiroyuki - - Two grave markers / Hayashi Kyoko - - Residues of squalor / Ota Yoko - - Stone's sleep / Nakayama Shiro - - Photographs: Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the bomb - - Poems by atomic bomb survivors -- The boy who was a fetus: The death of Kajiyama Kenji / Domon Ken - - My husband does not return / Tada Makiko - - No place to go / Tsujimoto Tora - - The memory of nutrias / Ishii Ichiro - - Father and son robbed of body and soul: a record of Ryu Choon Seung and his son / Kuak Kwi Hoon - - Koreans and Americans and Chinese are also victims / Kim In Jo - - Children's voices - - Reiko / Shoda Shinoe.
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Material Type
Shelf Number
Book 940.5425 ATO 1
Book D767.25 .H6 A87 1989 1
Book D767.25.H6A87 1989 1

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This collection of factual reports, short stories, poems and drawings expresses in a deeply personal voice the devastating effects of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

A collection of stories, poems, and photographs of the pika, or "flash," that obliterated Hiroshima and Nagasaki more than 40 years ago, all designed to press home its human consequences. A brief introduction evaluates the lack of distinction made between combatants and noncom~batants in a major war action. The words of the victims are the strongest reproach: their physical suffering is gross, their feelings and thoughts most devastating. The survivors feel guilty: a parent thinks the search for missing children was too brief; a schoolgirl abandons her best friend. They do not so much accept the horror as they are overwhelmed by it. Many viewed mutilated victims for days, searching for family or friend, and survive years of suppressed or expressed grief, guilt, illness, and pain; they honor the missing, care for those found, and resent their losses. A sobering reminder of the consequences of atomic war. Bibliography; notes on contributors. --Virginia Dwyer

Library Journal Review

Many accounts, personal and secondary, have been written by and about the victims of the atomic bombs, the best known being John Hersey's Hiroshima ( LJ 11/1/46; 9/15/85 rev. ed.). Following an essay which discusses (and indicts) the decisions to drop the bombs, the Seldens have assembled literary expressions, factual and fictional, written by those who experienced the world's only nuclear warfare. The testimony appears in the form of ``Novellas,'' ``Poetry,'' a ``Photo Essay,'' ``Citizens' Memoirs,'' ``Pictures by Atomic Bomb Survivors'' (not available for review), and ``Children's Voices.'' As the editors assert, these voices `` . . . merit careful listening,'' but their graphic descriptions of unimaginable horrors challenge both stomach and conscience. Recommended.-- Kenneth W. Berger, Duke Univ. Lib., Durham, N.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction the United States, Japan, and the Atomic Bombp. xi
Referencesp. xxxvi
Novellasp. xxxviii
August 6p. 1
Photographsp. 115
Poetryp. 116
Poems by Atomic Bomb Survivorsp. 117
Tankap. 131
Haikup. 141
Photo Essayp. 157
The Boy Who Was A Fetus: the Death of Kajiyama Kenjip. 159
Citizens' Memoirsp. 171
My Husband Does Not Returnp. 173
No Place to Gop. 182
The Memory of Nutriasp. 188
Father and Son Robbed of Body and Soul: A Record of Ryu Choon Seung and His Sonp. 200
Koreans . . . and Americans and Chinese Are Also Victimsp. 205
Pictures by Atomic Bomb Survivorsp. 215
Children's Voicesp. 217
Children's Voicesp. 219
Reikop. 234
Bibliography of Atomic Bomb Literaturep. 243
The Authors, Photographers, Artists, and Their Workp. 247