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Responsibility And Japanese Literature Of The Atomic Bomb

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Brutality and carnage have long been part of the human experience; violent death has long scarred the human narrative. The nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 stand out from other atrocities not in terms of numbers of people killed or square miles destroyed; more people were killed and more square miles destroyed in the fire bombings of Tokyo and other major Japanese cities during the Asia Pacific War than in the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Japanese literature of the atomic bomb is characterized by two related concerns: the extreme and persistent suffering of hibakusha and the continued proliferation of nuclear weapons. Accusations are an important part of Japanese literature of the atomic bomb. Texts reveal the multiple and oft en ambiguous origins of atrocity even while they mourn the suffering of those caught in its path.

Keywords: atomic bomb; Hiroshima; Japanese literature; Nagasaki



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