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Grass for My Pillow by Saiichi Maruya
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Dec 08, 09

bookshelves: japan-japanese, world-war-ii, fiction, memoir-bio-autobio
Read in December, 2009

An amazing but difficult book. This is story of a draft resister in Japan in World War II. Apparently this was an offense punishable by death and an act that was not ever discussed in Japan and that is still rarely talked about - the position of society is that there were no draft resisters in Japan. The story is told from the point of view of the same man 20 years later - he is married and works as a clerk in the registry office at a University - with flashbacks to various events of his life as a draft resister when he roamed about the country fixing radios and clocks and doing sand paintings. Not for everyone but I loved it.
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