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Soldiers Alive

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When the editors of Chuo koron, Japan's leading liberal magazine, sent the prize-winning young novelist Ishikawa Tatsuzo to war ravaged China in early 1938, they knew the independent-minded writer would produce a work wholly different from the lyrical and sanitized war reports then in circulation. They could not predict, however, that Ishikawa would write an unsettling nov ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Univ of Hawaii Pr
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David
A famous sinologist once wrote:
"Japan's mission is to promote Japanese culture with the taste unique to Japan and to brighten the universe. Since Japan is located in the East and since China is its largest neighbour in the east, Japan must begin its task in China."

This "task" is exposed in Ishikawa's brutal "Soldiers Alive". "Although Ishikawa's Soldiers Alive can be read as a damning document of imperialist aggression, it was not intended as such nor is this what the Japanese authorities const
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Jim
Jan 21, 2012 Jim is currently reading it
Reading for class. Not my favorite of the wartime lit in Japan, but there are some interesting asides about the act of writing (diaries, letters).
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