About The Book
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 case for them, both immediately after the atomic blast and in the years that follow, reveal the horrific extent of the devastation. It is a heartrending portrait of a ravaged city—the “human face” in the midst of nuclear destruction.
“Hiroshima Notes traces the struggle of the novelist Kenzaburo Oe to reach the deepest lessons of the bombing. His pieces are crowded with the voices of survivors and with the vivid descriptions of their antinuclear efforts.” –The New York Times Book Review
“His precise, reflective account is both agonizing and inspiring.” –The New Yorker
“No Japanese has ever written more brilliantly than Oe about the division that exists in the soul of his country. He has been formed by two very different nations–Japan before and after Hiroshima.” –Daily Telegraph (London)
‘dealing with ugliness, grief and deformity, he achieves a strange kind of beauty that comes from his willingness to look unflinchingly into the face of horror while affirming his belief in simple human decency.” –The Christian Science Monitor