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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  337 ratings  ·  50 reviews
A Hiroshima i volti che si disfanno, la sete dei ciechi. Denti bianchi sporgenti in un volto sparito. Vie bordate di cadaveri. Su una bicicletta un morto. Stagni colmi di morti. Un medico con quaranta ferite. «Siete vivo? Siete vivo?». Quante volte deve udirlo. Visita illustre: l'Eccellenza. In suo onore, egli si alza a sedere nel letto e pensa, va meglio. Di notte come un ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by SE (first published January 1st 1955)
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دون الدكتور ميشيهيكو هاشيا مدير مستشفى المواصلات بهيروشيما يوميات خالدة

سجل فيها تلك الأحداث الهائلة التى وقعت ف المدينة منذ اللحظة التى ألقيت فيها القنبلة الذرية حتى نهاية الشهر التالى

و كان الدكتور هاشيا فى هذة اليوميات طبيبا يسجل كل الظواهر و الأعراض التى طرأت على السكان قدر علمه و فهمه كما كان مؤرخا أمينا يصف كل ما وقع من دمار و خراب و يكشف لنا عن مجريات الحوادث فى اليابان فى تلك الفترة الحرجة
This book “Hiroshima Diary” is the journal of a Japanese physician, Michihiko Hachiya, M.D., who has witnessed and recorded his plights and descriptions on the aftermath of the first atomic bomb from August 6 - September 30, 1945. I think those readers having read a Japanese novel “Black Rain” (Kodansha, 2012) by Masuji Ibuse could not help comparing with it; however, Dr. Hachiya has written in his journal like a true academic, in other words, he has recorded everything as a matter of facts, rat ...more
Oct 16, 2008 Michael rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history buffs, medical buffs
(two tags that never go together - or do they?)

This book's the perfect example of my criteria for five-starring something. Not only has it helped me decide that I'm a pacifist (a standpoint I'm still pondering) but the second half of the book is a medical mystery, which I was not expecting at all. In 1945 there was very little understanding of radiation poisoning, but Dr. Hachiya's friends and co-workers were dying around him from the aftereffects of the bomb. Not only did he and his diary survi
The translator, Warner Wells, emphasises his guiding determination to ‘preserve the balance, simplicity, and quality of values Dr Hachiya achieved in his own tongue.” A remarkable sense of proportion, of calm rational observation, has been achieved by both author and translator of this record of a remarkable 56 days.

Dr Hachiya’s observations are many and various, and are made the more interesting because he doesn’t only concentrate on the side of recording what is of (considerable) medical inte
Marwa Khaled
الكتاب لا يتعامل مع هيروشيما بطريقة الادراك المتأخر-هذه هي أهم نقطة فيه-كل كتب هيروشيما التي قرأتها حتى الآن صحيح أنها تروي القصة من البداية لكنك لا تشعر أنها كذلك لأن الكاتب يعرف النهاية بالضبط-يعرف أن هذه من أكبر الكوارث في البشرية ويعرف عدد من ماتوا ويعرف بلا بلا بلا-هنا الرجل لا يعرف ماذا سيحدث في الغد-ولا حتى الساعة القادمة على عكس المفترض-يتوقع في كتب ادراك النهاية والمشهد الكلي الصادم والمأساوي أن تهزك عاطفيا أكثر لكن الأمر ليس كذلك-الكتب التي تنظر إلى القصة ب"فيو النملة" ترى القصة من الا ...more
Michael Havens

Here is one of those unusual times when I'm not sure how to approach as subject, much less write a book review on. It's kind of like the times when in high school, I was asked to write an essay on a novel , and found myself rather at a loss or loath to write about it, not because I had nothing to say (and to those who know me know that I very rarely am at a loss for words, but that the novel had something so profound to talk about, I felt that it would serve and memorialize the work better by h
Mahmoud Anees
كتاب موضوعى جدا
اولا .. غير فكرتى عن اليابان المثاليه ما بعد الحرب و اثناء الكارثه .. فذكر امثله عن المجون و الانانية و اللصوص الذين استغلوا الحرب لمصالح شخصية
صحح معلومات عن اثر القنبلة .. كنت اظنه اكبر من هذا النطاق
اعتقد انى فى اغلب الاوقات فهمت شعورة من ضياع هيبة الموت و شعورة احيانا بالانانايه و اعتراضه هو نفسه على ما يفكر فية و تفانية فى توفير الحياة لغيرة
قدم بعض الناذج الرائعه مثل الاطباء الذين اتوا للمساعده و كذلك بعض الطلاب و
اصدقائة الذين اتوا لزيارتة
تألمت من وصفة لساعات ما بعد الانف
A wonderful recollection of memories from one of the worst moments for mankind. A part of history we shouldn't forget, and must never repeat, told from within by the Director of a Hospital where many of the survivors later died due to the yet unknown effects of nuclear radiation. In spite of being a hospital's diary about such a terrible matter, the lecture is very entertaining, following the thoughts and investigations carried by all the workers and the few visitors that carried help and suppor ...more
Hunger games and harry potter resonate because kids/teens want a vehicle to explain reality. Well, their grandfather/great-grandfater woke up one morning, a single bomb called Fat Man floated down from the sky, exploded, and destroyed the house and the city around hm. He then spent the next several months, a doctor, at the local hospital, triaging folks who in their shock from 3rd degree burns and the beginnings of radiation poisoning might have welcomed Voldemart or Peeta as a benevolent altern ...more
Indi Martin
This is a very difficult book for Americans, I think. It doesn't point any fingers of guilt, it is simply a journal, written as it happened, by a doctor who happened to be very close to the epicenter of the Hiroshima bomb. Lucky to survive at all, this journal is priceless for the descriptions of what ground zero actually looked like, the symptoms of radiation sickness before anyone knew what that was, exactly. The confusion following the bomb. From a medical standpoint (which is largely what it ...more
Michael Phelps
Nov 18, 2008 Michael Phelps rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Doctors who are interested in history.
Recommended to Michael by: Eli Karstens
Okay. I understand that this book was a diary, not a novel. I understand it was written by a doctor, not a writer. I understand that it was hastily written in Japanese. I understand it was then translated into English by another doctor with the intent that the language would remain as close to literal translation as possible. I understand that to point out its numerous typos and punctuation errors is a lame thing to do. And I understand its subject matter is perhaps the most horrific example of ...more
Feb 13, 2008 Lisa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Peaceniks and history buffs.
Devastating first-hand account from a doctor of the immediate aftermath of a nuclear bomb. Gut-wrenching detail: "...I discovered that I had tripped over a man's head. Excuse me! Excuse me, please! I cried hysterically!" The doctor and his staff somehow manage to carry on, caring for the wounded, and those who do not appear to be wounded, until the effects of radiation begin to show. Not for the squeamish. This book, as some suggest, was not written as an anti-war manifesto. It's political messa ...more
Definitivamente tengo problemas leyendo hechos reales. Este es el diario de un medico, victima de la bomba de Hiroshima y esta contada obviamente en ese formato,como un diario de vida. Mi problema con esto es que al leerlo me cuestiono todo el tiempo cuanto del texto que estoy leyendo fue modificado para publicarlo.

En la parte de atrás dice que la primera edición fue hecha por el mismo dueño del diario, Hachiya, donde quito mucha información que se repetía y obviamente la segunda fue la de los
I ave read a few second hand account of the bombing of Hiroshima and its affects on those who were present for it. This first hand account blows those out of the water. Dr. Hachiya has an elegant but simple way of wording the every day struggles that were faced in Hiroshima from the day of the pika up until the first american soliders started making their rounds in Hiroshima. Even though it was written over half a century ago i felt as if his words were able to reach through time and show me a b ...more
This is now out of print, but worth hunting for. A graphic account covering the catastrophic effects of the Hiroshima bomb to the middle of September when the Americans arrived to help. I have so much respect for the author who bore no malice toward the Americans and acknowledged the help they offered in the wake of the loss of life they created. I am not sure I could have been so forgiving. He was fortunate to survive, along with his wife, however they lost everything and camped out in the hosp ...more
Tom Steinberg
This book is grim, and it's a classic.

My mom read this one aloud to her 4 sons when I was 11 or 12 at the height of the Fallout Shelter craze - 1961 or 1962 or thereabouts. We couldn't finish the book, but we got the point, more or less. When I was older, I read the rest of it. My stepson, in his mid-30's had been reading apocalyptic fiction and grim non-fiction about Leningrad, etc, so I gave him this one last year. So I read it again before I sent it off.

Everybody should read this book. Grea
Aug 06, 2014 Gurjinder rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history geeks, WWII readers,
Recommended to Gurjinder by: someone at the Strand
As a eyewitness journal this book is beyond moving. You don't know what the destruction of such a event is until you live it and reading this diary you start to live it. You feel the pain these people felt, the pain becomes yours. First-hand you experience what these doctors see and how they treat the patients. Today makes the 69th anniversary of the atomic bomb, yet history is repeating. Reading about the news around the world and the Middle East especially and then reading this book on top it ...more
For the most part, this was not as gruesome as Hiroshima. There are description of horrible burns and injuries, but from a doctor's point of view, so they are more clinical than trying to provoke an emotional response. It's also told from an interesting point of view: Dr. Hachiya was gravely injured by debris during the blast, and therefor stays in the hospital for most of the time the diary describes. He gets some second-hand descriptions of what is going on in greater Hiroshima, but for the mo ...more
Patrick Mézard
Do not expect anything about the how or why of the Hiroshima bombing, the diary describes how the only hospital left standing after the explosion handled the flow of victims for a two months period. What makes this read interesting compared to other testimonies are the following aspects:

- How the doctors reacted to radiation sickness. The effects were poorly documented at that time and all medical references were lost at that point anyway.

- How the administration/army reacted to the event

- Insig
Neil Crossan
The title pretty much says it all. The writing is matter-of-fact because the horribleness of it all doesn’t really need a lot of adjectives. The people’s attitude post bombing was interesting to read. I’m no scholar of Japanese history, but I don’t get the Emperor worship. Trying to save a photo of the Emperor after an atomic attack while your entire city is on fire seems more cult-like than patriotic. And the Japanese military shoulders much of the blame. There’s a real resentment among the pop ...more
فعلا هذه المأساة دليل على جبروت الإنسان و استهتاره بأرواح البشر طالما أن ذلك يخدم أهدافه
في الكتاب وصف دقيق للانفجار وحالة الناس بعده سواء عن طريق مذكرات الكاتب أو شهادات الضحايا الفضيعة

كذلك تساؤلاتهم عن الأعراض الناتجة عن الإشعاع -ولم تكن معروفة ذلك الوقت-، ثم محاولتهم تجميع الخيوط شيئا فشيئا لمعرفة سبب الوفيات المفاجأة والأعراض الغريبة التي ظهرت على من عايشوا الإنفجار لحظة حصوله وتطورها.

{اللهم إني أعوذ بك من زوال نعمتك، وفجاءة نقمتك، وتحول عافيتك، وجميع سخطك.
اللهم احفظ بلادي وبلاد المسلمين وأد
I’ve just finished listening to the audio version of this book. Even though I never have the stomach to read/watch anything about WAR, being too close to home, I am glad I listened to this book. I thought I owe it to the people of Hiroshima. I needed to know.
My local library was cleaning their shelves from old books and I picked Hiroshima Diary for free. It's a shame that this book isn't better known. The book describes the horrors of nuclear bombing through the eyes of a Hiroshima doctor who kept this diary while managing a hospital in the aftermath of the bomb. I had to remind myself occasionally while reading that this is a diary which describes the events as they were - so staggering were the reports and so well written that it almost turned int ...more
May be disturbing to some listeners/readers. But it is a very good look into the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing from a doctor that remained there.
An unflinching and personal account of the devastation and aftermath of the release of the greates killing force ever known to man.
Rabinovich Ed
excellent descripton of the events that happen that day
Mary Lamarre
I found the book very interesting - it is a non-fiction Diary so there is no story line if somebody is looking for that type of book
It is quite difficult to rate something so personal and terrifying, something that really happened - something that shows how far the human race can go when it comes to wars. How ugly and hideous ideas can human beings bring to life. This diary, once again, made me realize that Satanism has a right in saying that "man is just another animal, sometimes better, more often worse than those that walk on all-fours, who, because of his “divine spiritual and intellectual development,” has become the mo ...more
A remarkably detailed and fascinating diary of the Hiroshima bombing and the six weeks that followed. The author, as the director of a hospital and himself a doctor, was in a unique position to view the bomb's devastating impact on the Japanese people. Much of the diary consists of case notes of bomb injuries and radiation sickness etc., which may disappoint people looking for more personal details or social history, but it was fine by me. I grew to really respect Dr. Hachiya and the people in t ...more
This should be a MUST READ for everyone. It's written in a beautiful prose style. The translation is exquisite and provocative. There's beauty in every line describing a horror so real and unimaginable at the same time.

What happens when you survive a nuclear attack? What is the real story of the people living and breathing in the dust, the aftermath of sorrow and the sudden influx of disease and death. This book captures it all in an honest and thoughtful way.

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