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Kenzaburo Oe first chronicled the legacy of the nuclear holocausts of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in his collection of 1960s writings, “Hiroshima Notes.” Here though, Oe’s role is restricted to introducing and editing the short stories of a diverse collection of writers who have written about the effects of the A-bombs.

The headline act is Masuji Ibuse who, in the titular story, crafts a typically subtle and evocative portrait of the final days of the war in his hometown of Fukuyama, just 80 kilometers from Hiroshima.

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