Fires on the Plain

Fires on the Plain


Hardcover(Revised ed.)

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The author's experience as a prisoner captured by American forces during WWII figures prominently in this haunting novel about the ultimate degradation of a man by war. Set in Leyte, where the Japanese army is disintegrating under the hammering blows of American forces, the story focuses on the disintegration of one man, Private Tamura. One by one, each of his ties to society is destroyed, until Tamura, a sensitive and intelligent man, becomes an outcast. Yet it is the novel's uplifting vision during a time of ultimate horror that has made it one of Japan's greatest novels.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313205675
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/28/1978
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 246
Sales rank: 951,982
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Shohei Ooka (1909-1988) was born in Tokyo. He specialized in French at Kyoto University and was graduated in 1932, after which he made a name as a translator of French literature. In 1944 he joined the Japanese Army and was taken a prisoner in the Philippine defeat of 1945, experiences that figure prominently in Fires on the Plain. In 1953-54 he became a Fulbright Visiting Professor at Yale University, and subsequently lectured on French literature at Meiji University in Tokyo. He authored two novels and contributed short stories and essays to almost every literary magazine in Japan. Shohei Ooka was awarded two literary prizes: the Yokomitsu Prize in 1949 for his first book, Record of a POW, and the Yomiuri Prize in 1952 for Fires on the Plain.

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