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For much of the world, the 1945 atomic bombings of Japan signalled an end to a long and brutal global conflict. But for tens of thousands of survivors who barely escaped death beneath the mushroom cloud, their new lives as hibakusha (atomic bomb–affected people) had just begun.
Susan Southard’s critically acclaimed book Nagasaki takes us on the astonishing journeys of five survivors, all teenagers at the time of the bombing. From 1945 to Nagasaki today, we watch them and hibakusha across the city navigate an uncertain future.
Southard spent more than a decade researching and interviewing hibakusha and atomic bomb historians, physicians, and specialists to reconstruct the days, months and years after the bombing. She’ll recount their stories and illuminate this important chapter of world history at Asia House.
Nagasaki has been labelled a Washington Post Best Book of the Year and an Economist Best Book of the Year. At the end of March 2016 the book was awarded the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, administered by the Columbia University School of Journalism and Harvard University’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism.
(note from Ed: You can read JapaneseLondon.com’s review of this excellent book here: https://www.japaneselondon.com/artculture/nagasaki-life-after-nuclear-war-book-review/)