Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Hiroshima

Harvey Molloy, a New Zealand writer and teacher, has written an interesting post about Hiroshima , a book by John Hersey.

The CliffNotes he links to open with this:In September 1945, young John Hersey was sent to the Far East on assignment for the New Yorker and Life magazines. He had already published three books, Men on Bataan, Into the Valley, and A Bell for Adano, with the latter bringing him the Pulitzer Prize earlier in May. His original intention was to write a piece about Hiroshima based on what he could see in the ruins of the city and what he could hear about the bombing from its survivors. In Tokyo, Hersey met Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge, the German priest of his book. Hersey soon added five more survivors to the book by interviewing people Kleinsorge directed him to as well as by screening many other Japanese survivors. Hersey wrote the story and brought it back to William Shawn, the general manager of the New Yorker, in August 1946.

1 comment:

Daily Dog said...

Nagasaki Journey
http://www.exploratorium.edu/nagasaki/journey/journey1.html