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Ishiusu no uta

Sakae Tsuboi (壺井 栄, 5 August 1899 – 23 June 1967), award-winning novelist and poet, is perhaps best known for her novel, Twenty-Four Eyes (二十四の瞳 Nijū-shi no Hitomi, first published in1952).  In 1947, she published the short story, “Song of the Millstone” (石臼の歌 Ishiusu no uta) in the collection, Dowashu Jugoya no tsuki (童話集十五夜の月, Call Number 502-087).  It drew the attention of the CCD examiners, with its description of life in the rural area surrounding Hiroshima immediately before and after the atomic bomb was dropped.  Portions of the story were deleted.  The censored pages of the galley proof, as well as the published version, are in the Prange Collection.  For many years, the story has been included in Japanese textbooks for elementary school children.


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