This chapter shows how exposure to the atomic bomb changed the survivor's status as a human being, in his own eyes as well as in others'. He became a member of a new group: he assumed the identity of the hibakusha. Also, this identity is not only of significance for atomic bomb victims. One of the methods the author used to explore the nature of this identity was to encourage survivors to associate freely to the word hibakusha. In doing so, they inevitably conveyed to the author the sense of having been compelled to take on a special category of existence by which they felt permanently bound, however they might wish to free themselves from it.
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