Soldiers in Hiding Paperback – Sep 4 1987
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From Publishers Weekly
Japanese-American jazz musician Teddy Maki, now a star on Japanese TV, has been carrying a heavy burden of guilt since World War II. He and a fellow musician, Jimmy Yakamoto, had been trapped in Japan after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and forced to join the Japanese army, although they were still loyal to America. Jimmy had been killed by ruthless Major Nakamura for refusing to shoot an American prisoner, and Teddy had then carried out the very command his friend had died defying. He has never been able to confide these details to his wife or sonbecause she was Jimmy's widow and their son is actually Jimmy's child. A chance sighting of the major offers Teddy the prospect of revenge and redemption, but it seems the major has likewise been waiting all these years for a similar encounter. Wiley's first novel is a work of exceptional power and imagination, especially in his portrayal of his protagonist's "listless remorse" and cross-cultural alienation. Although the weight given Teddy's living hell is disproportionate to that given his eventual resurrection from it, Wiley's debut is an auspicious one nonetheless. February 14
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Wole Soyinka--playwright, novelist, poet and polemical essayist--was born in Nigeria in 1934. Educated there and at Leeds University, he worked in the British theatre before returning to West Africa in 1960. In 1986 he became the first African writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Richard Wiley is the author of four previous novels and a recipient of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Soldiers in Hiding. He has lived and worked in Japan, Korea, Nigeria, and Kenya and, with the publication of Ahmed's Revenge, has set a novel in each of these locales. Recently he has received grants from the NEA/Japan-United States Friendship Commission and the Japan Foundation, for work on a forthcoming novel. Richard Wiley is professor of fiction writing in the English Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.