AUTHORLinner, Rachelle
TITLECity of Silence: Listening to Hiroshima
CITYMaryknoll, NY

This book journeys into the world of the Japanese victims of the atomic explosions in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August of 1945. Linner gives the stories of the hibakusha (translated literally as “bomb affected people”) 50 years after the explosions. She tells of the lingering aftermath of the hibakusha, and how their suffering did not end with Japanese surrender. The hibakusha suffered physically from radiation sickness and birth defects, and emotionally from renunciation and discrimination within their communities. Linner tries to convey, in a manner similar to Hersey’s Hiroshima, the human side of the bomb and the inadequacy of statistics to illustrate the appalling tragedy. One of her stories is that of Barbara Reynolds, an American Quaker, who dedicated her life to the hibakusha and facilitated a healing between Japan and the United States. The author includes tales of Americans who became hibakusha because they happened to be in the blast radii. Her larger goal is an awakening of all parties to the pointless horror of continued nuclear weapons production and maintenance.

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