Ota Yoko

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Author biography

Ota Yoko (1906–1963) was a romance novelist before Hiroshima was struck with an atomic bomb. Thereafter, she dedicated her life to documenting her experience as a surviving victim, carving out the field in which she is renowned as one of the most significant Japanese writers. ‘Like light on the sea floor’ (1,700 words) was the first long-form biographical account of the bomb ever published (in Japan’s national newspaper The Yomiuri Shimbun), and is out of copyright and in the public domain. It has never been translated to English before.