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Japan Society Book Club: Hiroshima by John Hersey

14 August — 7:00 pm


Monday 14 August 2017                      7.00pm

The Japan Society
13 / 14 Cornwall Terrace
London NW1 4QP

Free for Japan Society Members
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Available to read online here and to buy from Abe BooksBook Depository and Amazon
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Hiroshima is a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Hersey. It tells the stories of six survivors of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, covering a period of time immediately prior to and one year after the atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945. It was originally published in The New Yorker. Although the story was originally scheduled to be published over four issues, the entire edition of August 31, 1946 was dedicated to the article. The article and subsequent book are regarded as one of the earliest examples of the New Journalism, in which the story-telling techniques of fiction are adapted to non-fiction reporting.

The book club is held every month. There is no restriction on the nationality of the authors read, but books should be available in translation in both Japanese and English. The discussion is conducted mainly in English, but you can choose the language in which you read the book. The intention is simple: to explore the themes of the book, express personal opinions on the style and content, discuss how the book has changed (or not) in translation and to have a relaxed discussion with others who have similar interests.

John Richard Hersey (1914-1993) was born in Tientsin, China, to American missionaries. His undergraduate years were spent at Yale University from 1932 to 1936. Graduating from Yale, Hersey continued his education on a Mellon Scholarship at Clare College, Cambridge University, where he studied eighteenth century English literature. From 1939 to ’45 he worked for Time magazine, and returned to China as a war correspondent in Chungking. From 1943 to 1945, Hersey worked out of Sicily and Russia, and in 1944 he published the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Bell for Adano, the story of an occupied village in Italy. In 1946, he published Hiroshima. This account of the aftermath of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, was adjudged the finest piece of American journalism of the 20th century by a 36-member panel associated with New York University’s journalism department. Hersey continued to write extensively and to teach until his death in 1993.

To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email events@japansociety.org.uk.

 

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