(From the publisher):
Tsuyoshi Manase is a World War II veteran tormented by memories of the war's end endured in a cave on the island of Leyte in the Philippines. As defeated and starving soldiers are being executed by their own commander's sword, a lance corporal - a geologist - tells our hero before dying: "Even the smallest stone in a riverbed has the entire history of the universe inscribed upon it."
Manase survives the war and returns to civilian life in Japan. He marries, has two sons, runs a bookstore, and obsessively pursues the life of an amateur geologist. When that obsession clashes with the lingering presence of war's brutality, blood is spilled once more and Manase's life begins to unravel.
Original title: Ishi no raireki
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction