(From the publisher):
This haunting novel explores the complete degradation of a man by war. The book is set on the island of Leyte in the Philippines during World War II, where the Japanese army is disintegrating under the hammer blows of the American landings. Within this larger disintegration is another, that of a single human being, Private Tamura. The war destroys each of his ties to society, one by one, until Tamura, a sensitive and intelligent man, becomes an outcast.
Nearly loosing the will to survive, he hears of a port still in Japanese hands, and struggles to walk through the American lines. Unfazed by danger, he welcomes the prospect of dying, but first he loses his hope, and then his sanity.
Lost among his hallucinations, Tamura comes to fancy himself an angel enjoined by God to eat no living thing-but even angels fall.
Tamura is never less then human, even when driven to the ultimate sin against humanity. Shocking as the outward events are, the greatness of the novel lies in its uplifting vision during a time of crushing horror.
Original title: 野火 (Nobi)
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ World War II
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Troubled Lives