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. Ok I mostly skipped the poems. I only read the City of Corpses by Ota Yoko She is extremely personal and her account of the events and afterevents is painfully vivid She focuses on little details, tells the story of every passerby, describes every dead or dying child by the road Japanese literature tends to make me sad, but when you know that it is a memoir of sorts of real and horrible event it saddens me even Also, it made me realize that in war there are no bad and go
This is an incredibly moving book My previous knowledge of the bombing of Hiroshima was limited to say the least, being mostly from high school history class Needless to say, Hiroshima Three Witnesses was eye opening Sankichi T ge s Poems of the At
Just Read Ota Yoko s City of Corpses amazing testimonies of a forgotten tragedy. I really respect Minear for taking the time to do this translation, as these are all important pieces of literature from postwar Japan.
- 412 pages
- Hiroshima: Three Witnesses
- Richard H. Minear
- 15 December 2018 Richard H. Minear