Soldiers Alive

Paperback: $24.00
ISBN-13: 9780824827540
Published: July 2003
Hardback: $75.00
ISBN-13: 9780824826963
Published: July 2003

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232 pages
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  • About the Book
  • When the editors of Chûô kôron, Japan's leading liberal magazine, sent the prizewinning young novelist Ishikawa Tatsuzô 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 novella so grimly realistic it would promptly be banned and lead to the author’s conviction on charges of “disturbing peace and order.” Decades later, Soldiers Alive remains a deeply disturbing and eye-opening account of the Japanese march on Nanking and its aftermath. In its unforgettable depiction of an ostensibly altruistic war’s devastating effects on the soldiers who fought it and the civilians they presumed to “liberate,” Ishikawa’s work retains its power to shock, inform, and provoke.

  • About the Author(s)
    • Ishikawa Tatsuzo, Author

    • Željko Cipriš, Translator

      Zeljko (Jake) Cipris is assistant professor of Japanese at the University of the Pacific, Stockton.
    • Željko Cipriš, Translator

      Zeljko (Jake) Cipris is assistant professor of Japanese at the University of the Pacific, Stockton.
  • Reviews and Endorsements
    • Arguably the best piece of war literature to emerge from the Sino-Japanese War of 1937 to 1945
      David Askew, Japan Focus
    • The twentieth century, and now the twenty-first, has seen brutal wars in every part of the globe. Many firsthand accounts of these conflicts have been written, but none more compelling than Soldiers Alive.... A landmark in war reportage.
      J. Thomas Rimer, University of Pittsburgh