First published in Japanese in 1966, the debut novel of the
critically acclaimed author of "Singular Rebellion" is an unusual
portrait of a deeply taboo subject in twentieth-century Japanese
society: resistance to the draft in World War II. In 1940 Shokichi
Hamada is a conscientious objector who dodges military service by
simply disappearing from society, taking to the country as an
itinerant peddler by the name of Sugiura until the end of the war
in 1945. In 1965, Hamada works as a clerk at a conservative
university, his war resistance a dark secret of the past that
present-day events force into the light, confronting him with
unexpected consequences of his refusal to conform twenty years
Columbia University Press
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• Dennis Keene
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