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November 7, 2021

Icelandic Edition of One by One, a Collection of Essays on Iconic Figures Released

Icelandic edition of ONE BY ONE by Daisaku Ikeda
Icelandic edition of One by One, published under the title, “A Dialogue for Peace” in Icelandic

Reykjavík, Iceland: The Sögur útgáfa publishing house in Iceland has recently released “A Dialogue for Peace,” a collection of Daisaku Ikeda’s character essays in Icelandic. The edition is a translation of the English publication One by One—the World is Yours to Change. The book offers personal perspectives and reflections on remarkable individuals around the world with whom President Ikeda has met and held dialogues. These include iconic figures such as British historian Arnold J. Toynbee, former South African President Nelson Mandela, American civil rights leader Rosa Parks and renowned Chinese writer and activist Ba Jin. This is the second book of his writings to be translated and published in Icelandic.

Daisaku Ikeda and Arnold J. Toynbee meeting at the latter’s London home in 1973 to work on their dialogue published as CHOOSE LIFE
Mr. Ikeda, at the home of British historian Arnold J. Toynbee to complete their exchange begun the previous year (London, May 1973).

President Ikeda’s dedication to dialogue began in the early 1970s with an invitation from the renowned British historian Arnold J. Toynbee to engage in wide-ranging discussions on urgent issues facing humanity. The two met for some 40 hours of discussions at the British historian’s residence in 1972 and 1973 and continued their engagement through written correspondence. At the conclusion of their dialogue, Dr. Toynbee urged young Ikeda to continue to pursue dialogue with global intellects.

In a world of that is growing increasingly precarious amidst the challenges of climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic and other threats, it is hoped that this collection of essays encouraging dialogue as the means to transform divisions into unity and to lay the foundation for peace will be a source of inspiration and hope.

 [Adapted from an article in the November 7, 2021, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]

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