Hiroshima Notes (2020)

Hiroshima Notes Hiroshima Notes is a powerful statement on the Hiroshima bombing and its terrible legacy by the Nobel laureate for literature Oe s account of the lives of the many victims of Hiroshima and the va
  • Title: Hiroshima Notes
  • Author: Kenzaburō Ōe David L. Swain Toshi Yonezawa
  • ISBN: 9780802134646
  • Page: 499
  • Format: Paperback
  • Hiroshima Notes is a powerful statement on the Hiroshima bombing and its terrible legacy by the 1994 Nobel laureate for literature Oe s account of the lives of the many victims of Hiroshima and the valiant efforts of those who cared for them, both immediately after the atomic blast and in the years that follow, reveals the horrific extent of the devastation It is a heartHiroshima Notes is a powerful statement on the Hiroshima bombing and its terrible legacy by the 1994 Nobel laureate for literature Oe s account of the lives of the many victims of Hiroshima and the valiant efforts of those who cared for them, both immediately after the atomic blast and in the years that follow, reveals the horrific extent of the devastation It is a heartrending portrait of a ravaged city the human face in the midst of nuclear destruction.
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    1. November 2015Hiroshima Notes is written by the 1994 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, so I was very excited to read his account of the Hiroshima bombing, convinced that this was an essential work The book consists of essays Kenzaburo Oe wrote about his visits to Hiroshima 1963 1965 On his first journey to Hiroshima August 1963, the author arrives in the Peace Memorial Hall and is at a loss about what to do So he begins telling about the preparations of the Ninth World Conference against [...]

    2. I can t see why this was translated it seems entirely for a Japanese audience It opens in 1965 with the Japanese Communist Party Beijing s stooges and the Japanese Socialist Party Moscow s finding it increasingly difficult to work together ostensibly they both want to secure world peace but really it s all just bullshit about power and I m not sure why anyone, Oe least of all, should care Why doesn t he confront this Is it okay to use A bomb victims in this way In later essays we meet some inte [...]

    3. Being a long awaited Oe book after reading his The Crazy Iris and Other Stories of the Atomic Aftermath Grove Press 1994 in August 2013, it was one of the paperbacks I delightfully bought at Kinokuniya, Sapporo Branch last July However, I found this 7 chapter powerful statement back cover regarded as his essays a bit less enjoyable than the one aforementioned because of its different genre Generally, the book depicting short stories on a theme from various writers tend to be readable than this [...]

    4. I thought I might find this one easier to reach than Who Will Teach Us , but did not It consists largely of Oe s reflections on the various incompetencies and hypocrasies of the Peace Movement in Japan c 1964, along with reflections on the nobility of certain doctors It is not that interesting Perhaps this is one of those authors who simply cannot be read in translation or hurriedly.

    5. Sin duda este libro no es un libro amable, simp tico o sencillo Es una historia cruda, llena de dolor y que por desgracia es real Es un libro atemporal, que trata temas perennes, que nos ayuda a comprender de qu es capaz el ser humano, para bien y para mal, c mo saca fuerzas de flaqueza para continuar viviendo Y digo atemporal porque hoy podemos comprender la magnitud de nuestra historia, pero dentro de treinta a os tambi n podremos y deberemos echar la vista atr s para conocer los errores del p [...]

    6. Kenzabur e delivers a very thought provoking book in Hiroshima Notes Seven individual notes chapters are compiled to offer the reader a look at life in the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing that brought an end to World War II e wrote these notes after many visits to Hiroshima in the 60s He details the rebuilding that was still continuing, the suffering and conditions of victims of the bombings, the men and women who treated and supported the survivors, and the ongoing work to ensure that nuclea [...]

    7. I ve seen other posts about this book wondering why it was translated into English It is, after all, a very Japanese book, making statements like saying the atomic bombs and their aftermath were worse than the Holocaust it s not a pain Olympics, guys and also dedicating about 1 3 of its size to Japanese conferences on the A bomb back in the 60s and the factions behind it splitting up For a lot of the other sections Oe throws around vague terms like dignity and courage liberally to his credit he [...]

    8. observations trite and too vague and abstract too much talk of the morality and courage of the victims which detracts from their concrete suffering a lot of very flat writing about political movements essays fail to produce a novel overarching idea.oe is a good novelist, but not so good essayist.

    9. The atomic bomb is known to all the world, but only for its power It still is not known what hell the Hiroshima people went through, nor how they continue to suffer from radiation illnesses even today, nineteen years after the bombing This book, written between 1963 1965, is a very moving collection of journalistic essays dealing with Kenzaburo Oe s personal thoughts on the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki , and features many testimonies from survivors and eyewitnesses It s as tragic as it soun [...]

    10. After reading this book one thing I will say is that I am glad the author of this text Kenzabur e is still alive The book is first of all highly humanizing In that both it s message and effect to and on the reader is one of deep humanism It is no surprise that he won the Nobel Prize in 1994 for literature For some reason although the entire work is full of deeply humanizing passages the last 3 4 pages had the most impact on me I read them at the laundromat crying although lightly deeply moved Th [...]

    11. There s Humans of New York, then there s Humans of Hiroshima Kidding aside, it was a rather delightful read about the undying tradition of resilience in Japanese culture, over the interesting estranged perspectives of the Japanese people towards the Western culture and warfare Further reading of this book had told me that this was exclusively meant for the Japanese audience as such, their literary culture is all over the place in his writing here.While I am still engaging in self study regarding [...]

    12. Came across ref to this book in David Remnick profile of Oe, A Father and His Son, a powerful piece about how Oe and his brain damaged son helped each other develop their artistic voices From The Devil s Problem, a collection of Remnick NYer profiles which is filled with wide range of insightful pieces but well worth buying just for the Oe profile Curious to see how this compares with John Hersey s famous Hiroshima Anyone out there read both

    13. A very intense topic and it was a good reminder for me of how devastating nuclear weapons can be I felt the writing style was a little too formal It was almost like reading a text book or medical report.

    14. Growing up, the discourse surrounding the atom bomb and its use always came back to John Hersey s famous Hiroshima, a chilling account of six survivors in the immediate aftermath of the bombing While I will always value Hersey s moving account and the role it played in changing international perceptions of atomic warfare, I think Oe s book goes far beyond it in scope and scale In any case, both are among the few books that can break your heart as you read it.Hersey put much of his focus on the i [...]

    15. After trying to find a book that is easy to digest from this author, I lost hope I picked this up thinking this would be another unfinished attempt, but I was wrong.Oe considers Hiroshima to be The Great Flood of the 20th Century and modern age An evil God wastes away an entire town with the hope that the balancing act of human strength will rebuild, so as to assuage the burden of guilt felt from that same God for wiping out most of humanity How else would the United States get the guts to drop [...]

    16. I had no idea what to expect when I started reading this collection of essays but found it a fascinating account of people who continued to persevere when there was no reason to and of people who took their fates into their own hands for a variety of reasons.

    17. A good if standard essay on hiroshima and its horrible aftereffects I appreciated the view into how it affected Oe s worldview but I think there are better primary sources on it.

    18. Kenzabur e e le sue Note su Hiroshima mi hanno tenuto compagnia ieri Devo ammettere che mi aspettavo di pi da questo autore che di solito apprezzo molto Il testo composto da pi saggi scritti tra il 1963 durante il suo primo viaggio ad Hiroshima in occasione della Undicesima conferenza contro le bombe atomiche e a idrogeno e il 1965 I primi saggi in particolar modo mi hanno deluso, sono quasi dei reportage sulla conferenza o sui rapporti dei medici e il loro comportamento e lasciano poco spazio a [...]

    19. Is it not ironic for a leading country that is known to infiltrate most local political issues that concerns world peace was the very same country, long time ago, that scorched a not knowing town of their becoming the most desolate wasteland of human experience In AUg 6, 1945, an atomic bomb demonstrated its power and created a grotesque explosion in Hiroshima It is an amiss to silence all formidable and dehumanizing experiences and the deluge that flattened the city, killing tens of thousands o [...]

    20. Hiroshima Notes contains a collection of essays written by Kenzabur e between 1963 65, after several visits to the city struck by the atom bomb in August 1945 The essays were initially published separately in the Japanese media In the seven pieces, e exposes social and political implications and poses the question of Hiroshima s true meaning and legacy, not only for Japan but also for the world as a whole Ultimately, although the author acknowledges the absurdity of the tragedy of Hiroshima and [...]

    21. Although published over 50 years ago, this record of survivors testimonies mingled with the author s personal observations is still an emotional read Kenzaburo Oe, Nobel Laureate, would have us believe that the dropping of an atomic bomb on Hiroshima was at once a horrible tragedy, shared by victims and perpetrators,and an enlightening experience for the rest of the victims I say victims because the nuclear fallout, over time, decimated the remaining population I see no dignity in death, nor sha [...]

    22. Can t really go wrong with a Nobel Prize winner in literature Translation was good, and seeemed fluid I did not expect it to be written so long after WWII I am glad I had earlier read a collection of short stories which O had edited The Crazy Iris and other stories before reading this book Wish I had read O s Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness prior to reading Hiroshima Notes That will be the next O book I read Subject is so heavy, I need a few lighter books before I can return to the effects of th [...]

    23. This book is worth reading It looks at a part of history that explores the feelings of the Japanese after the Atomic Bomb destroyed their city and lives It explained well how people suffered mankind s worst disaster and how many have survived through great agony and sorrow Hiroshima s A bomb victims have a genuine plea for peace and that it never happen again anywhere in the world Their plea is No Hiroshimas and it should be heeded by the world.

    24. Rekomendasi dari GR setelah kelar baca Unhinge the Universe Nonfiksi ini bercerita tentang author yg mengunjungi neraka lain yg dialami pihak Poros lainnya krn digempur Sekutu Sama sama neraka yg menyedihkan Para sejarawan dan humanis kayanya bakal suka sama buku ini.Sebagai hasil karya dari pemenang Nobel Prize in Literature in 1994, aku cukup penasaran sama isi buku ini.

    25. Exceedingly dull, but full of eloquent soliloquies and pertinent warnings of the horrors of nuclear war You won t enjoy reading it, but that does not release every human being alive today from the obligation of doing so.

    26. Interesting in its depiction of the nascent anti nuclear movement in the early 60 s, Oe tells the horrific stories of many of the survivors of the Hiroshima bombing Leukemia epidemics, physical scars, suicides, this collection of essays isn t for the weak of heart.

    27. The best book so far I ve read about Hiroshima Stunning not by an ethnological viewpoint, but by its personal and poetic tonality Touching by being concerned and worried, that s what I would call it.

    28. No ficci n, es verdad todos recordamos o nos ense aron de la potencia de la bomba, pero el da o humano, la histeria colectiva, el suicidio, el postbomba es una especie de tab El libro te da a conocer lo que se quiere olvidar.

    29. I was looking for another view on the immediate aftermath of the bombings and this compilation deals with the long term conflicts and political battles within Japan since the bombings, up to the present day Interesting and well documented but not what I was looking for.

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