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When We Say 'Hiroshima'
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Richard Minear is Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. A specialist on Japanese intellectual history and on the Pacific War, he has translated Requiem for Battleship Yamato (1985) and the survivor-accounts of t

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"One of Japan's greatest 20th-century poets, and one of Japan's bravest and most honest social and literary writers."
--Japanophile

"This poetic voice reveals the horrors of the world for which she dreams only of peace. At times it weeps in despair; at other times, it sings of hope and promise. It is a treatise of intellectual and social history . . . worthy of the highest recommendation."
--Education about Asia

"Moving and powerful poems offering an image of Japan and the Japanese that is all too rarely available."
--Friends Journal


"What more heartbreaking description of the bomb could anyone fashion? Fascinating reading."
--The International Examiner's Pacific Reader

From a compelling female perspective, her poems take on death, nuclear annihilation, the Japanese role as a victimizer during the war, U.S. foreign policy, and issues of survival in a violent world.
--New York Theatre Wire, www.nytheatre-wire.com
-- "New York Theatre Wire" (4/14/1999 12:00:00 AM)
Kurihara practices a vivid style of imagery, recreating the disgusting wounds, anguish and death of the atomic bombing. . . .Kurihara's poems are so devastatingly raw that the reader cannot escape from the feelings of empathy and even anger for those who were victimized by the war that took place over a half a century ago. . . . Just as is about remembering death and war, When We Say Hiroshima is also about hope, humanity, and our ability to live. . . . Kurihara makes sure that the reader understands that where death occurs, so does life and with life, there is always hope for a better future. The poems are about pain, sorrow, war and death. But at its core, the book teaches about living.
--Vanessa Pascua, Hawaii Pacific Review, Volume 15
--Vanessa Pascua "Hawaii Pacific Review" (10/29/2001 12:00:00 AM)

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