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Fires on the Plain by Shohei Ooka

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Inspired by his own experiences as a Japanese soldier and prisoner of war during WWII, Fires on the Plain depicts the horror and hardship that a Japanese soldier named Tamura endures while fighting to survive during the battle for Leyte.
Tamura, banished from his unit for having TB, finds himself wandering through the Philippine jungle in search of the main force of his retreating army. Along the way, Tamura encounters many other stricken and unfortunate Japanese soldiers, some practicing cannibalism to avoid starvation. The crisp, detailed writing only enhances this story of hope, horror and perseverance. Brimming with religious imagery and moral dilemma, Fires on the Plain erupts into a climax of redemption.
This edition is translated from the original Japanese title Nobi.
I also recommend the excellent 1959 film adaptation.

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