John Hersey

John Hersey was an American writer and journalist considered one of the earliest practitioners of the so-called New Journalism, in which storytelling techniques of fiction are adapted to non-fiction reportage. Hersey's account of the aftermath of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, was published in The New Yorker in 1946. It was later expanded into the book 'Hiroshima'. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel 'A Bell for Adano' in 1945.


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  1. 1. Hiroshima

    This book provides a detailed account of the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima during World War II, as experienced by six survivors. The narrative follows the survivors from the moment of the explosion to their lives in the following years. It explores their struggles, their resilience, and the profound physical, emotional, and social impacts of the event, offering a poignant examination of the human capacity to endure and rebuild in the face of unimaginable devastation.

  2. 2. A Bell for Adano

    Set during World War II, this novel follows an Italian-American U.S. Army officer who is assigned as the temporary administrator of a small town in Sicily. His main goal is to help restore order and normalcy for the townspeople after the chaos of war. His efforts are epitomized by his quest to replace the town's bell, which had been melted down for bullets by the Fascists. Despite the bureaucratic hurdles and the harsh realities of war, he remains committed to this symbolic act of restoration.