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A Flock of Swirling Crows and Other Proletarian Writings
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What is remarkable about the work is that it's written from the point of view of the rank and file soldiers, who find themselves lied to about their mission, and becoming ever more conscious of how they have been betrayed to advance Imperial foreign policy aims, and Japanese business interests.
As the Japaese soldiers grow closer to Chinese workers at a match factory they have been sent to guard, and begin to defend them against their employers, who treat them with great cruelty, their officers kill a group of the soldiers to stop the growing dissent in the ranks.
The writer was a soldier in the Japanese Army, and the authenticity of his own experiences informs the work.
It's a good window into unknown land: that many Japenese soldiers hated what they were ordered to do, and resisted.
It's a very timely book.