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Ok I mostly skipped the poems.
The experience of the writers, who were survivors, brings us to the moment of the tragedy. The readers can taste the ashes, feel the thirst of a city engulfed in flames and the heat of the bomb.
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 more. Also, it made me realize that in war there are no bad and good guys. Nazis did what they did to Jew, Japane...
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 Tōge's Poems of the Atomic Bomb should be required reading for anyone in a position of political power.
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.