Untitled Novel

Matthew Condon

Untitled Novel
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Untitled Novel

Matthew Condon

A dramatic fictionalisation of the great Australian rebel journalist Wilfred Burchett’s flight into Hiroshima a month after the atomic bomb was dropped in August, 1945. Before Japan formally surrendered, Burchett made his way by train from Tokyo to Hiroshima, against the orders of Gen. Douglas Macarthur, to see first-hand the devastation of the bomb. The journey itself took 24 perilous hours, the train filled with decommissioned Japanese soldiers who were, technically, still at war. When he arrived he believed he had walked into Hell. He saw people dying of a strange illness a month after the bomb. His report, morse-coded out of Hiroshima with the help of complicit Japanese journalists, was the first report by a Western witness out of the city, and caused a furore all over the world. The story was titled- I Write This As a Warning to the World. This novel is a parable of that extraordinary moment, but moreso of human atrocity and its relationship to truth and lies, to the media, and to the perception of evil. What Burchett went through - the attempt to censor him and either block or shape his work as witness, has been repeated over and over in Korea, Vietnam, and more recent

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