Typhoon of Steel: An Okinawan Schoolboy's Quest for Martyrdom in the Battle of Okinawa: A Novel
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250pp. July 2011
Typhoon of Steel: An Okinawan Schoolboy's Quest for Martyrdom in the Battle of Okinawa: A Novel
Author: Yoshimura, Akira; Translator: Ealey, Mark;
The Battle of Okinawa was the last great battle of World War II. In terms of casualties, it was a horrific struggle with over 200,000 Japanese military and civilians perishing. This the story of an Okinawan schoolboy conscripted by the Japanese to fight the Americans as a child soldier.

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“Far more than just a litany of horrors, [Yoshimura] demonstrates how, in the throes of mortal combat, most soldiers become numb, an apparent indifference to death that is often misinterpreted as courage. . . . Yoshimura’s powerful novel reminds us that any effort to whitewash the past is futile, and that history, as Okinawans know better than most, is indelible.” —Japan Times
Author: Yoshimura, Akira; Translator: Ealey, Mark;
Prize-winning Japanese author Akira Yoshimura (1927–2006), renowned for his unadorned style and well-researched content, published over twenty novels in the historical genre. Of these, Shipwrecks, On Parole and One Man’s Justice have become internationally known through translations into several languages. Yoshimura often chose to depict events related to Japan’s clash with the West in the tumultuous decades following Japan’s opening to the outside world.



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