A-bomb Victim,Kurihara Sadako : The Transformation from Anarchist Poet to Peace Essayist

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A-bomb Victim,Kurihara Sadako : The Transformation from Anarchist Poet to Peace Essayist
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氏名 Urszula M. Styczek
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Abstract

In March 2005 an essayist,poet and peace activist,Kurihara Sadako died at the age of 92. Her friends tried hurriedly to publish a Complete Compilation of her poetry while she was tenninally ill,but she died before its completion. It was published in July 2005. However,her essays remain to be organized and published. She started writing tanka and poems in the 1930ties. Under the influence of her husband,Tadaichi,she was involved in an anarchist movement. Many of these early works were published after the war in her first compilation Kuroi tamago (1946). After the second compilation,Watashi-wa Hiroshima-o shougen suru (1967),she returned to writing poetry,and continued until 2000. She also wrote essays. Her first volume appeared in 1970,and she continued writing up to the mid-nineties,but they have never been compiled. One might question why she was a minor poet and essayist being published occasionally only in local newspapers and rather unknown in literary circles in Japan. Kurihara was a keen observer and a political cornmentator of her times. The day after the A-bomb attack she hurried to help others. That day changed her life. She was not popular among politicians,because she openly criticized the Japanese government for not revealing the whole truth about the war. In the recently famous poem Hiroshima to iu toki,written in 1972,she saw Japan as a victimizer of Asian countries. She also cornmented on later events such as the Vietnam Wae,Tiananmen Square,American-Japanese politics and sending Japanese troops to Iraq in 1992. She has also become famous as the author of the poem Umashimenka na (1945) which has been translated into several languages. Some of her other poems and essays have been translated into English,but have yet to gain wide recognition. In my paper I intend to discuss the trnsformation of Kurihara's works from her first interests in peace before the war,through her sad experience in Hiroshima and her involvement in peace activism. I will extend the materials already published in English by adding ones unpublished and revealed lately by her daughter,Mariko.

Journal Title
県立広島大学人間文化学部紀要
Volume
5
Spage
107
Epage
119
Published Date
2010-02
Publisher
県立広島大学
ISSN
1346-7816
NCID
AA12116573
Language
eng
NIIType
Departmental Bulletin Paper
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出版社版
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pu-hiroshima