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REQUIEM FOR BATTLESHIP YAMATO. Translation And Introduction By Richard H. Minear.: Mitsuru, Yoshida REQUIEM FOR BATTLESHIP YAMATO. Translation And Introduction By Richard H. Minear.: Mitsuru, Yoshida REQUIEM FOR BATTLESHIP YAMATO. Translation And Introduction By Richard H. Minear.: Mitsuru, Yoshida

REQUIEM FOR BATTLESHIP YAMATO. Translation And Introduction By Richard H. Minear.

Mitsuru, Yoshida

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ISBN 10: 029596216X / ISBN 13: 9780295962160
Published by Seattle & London. 1985. Univ. Of Washington Press., 1985
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black cloth (with large silver metallic lettering) hardbound 8vo. ~ 8 (octavo). dustwrapper in protective plastic book jacket cover. fine cond. binding square & tight. covers clean. silver lettering a bit mottled. top edge has tiny brown age specks, other edges clean. contents free of all markings. dustwrapper in fine cond. minor soiling on rear, not worn or torn or price clipped (no price listed). nice clean copy. no library markings, store stamps, stickers, bookplates, no names, inking , underlining, remainder markings etc ~ first edition . first printing (nap). endpaper maps. xxxvi+152p. glossy b&w photo illustrations. world history. biography. autobiography. memoirs. world war ii. imperial japan. american history. ~ A narrative of brief compass yet immense force, Requiem For Battleship Yamato makes a singular contribution to the literature of the Pacific War. Long a favorite in Japan, it is here translated fully for the first time. In April 1945 the fabled battleship Yamato, thought to be unsinkable, was the centerpiece of the last desperate sortie of the Imperial Japanese Navy. A young ensign, Yoshida was on the bridge during the climactic battle against American airplanes. In prose that is at once terse and evocative, spare and eloquent, Yoshida raises his experience on the doomed ship to the level of existential tragedy. Translator Richard H. Minear gives us a Requiem faithful to the original, its language vigorous and idiomatic. His informative introduction describes the work's historic and political context and Yoshida's difficulties with Occupation censors. Minear comments on matters of form and style and quotes extensively from Yoshida's postwar essays, which trace the author's avid and continual search for the meaning of peace beyond "the crucible of nothingness we call battle." Like other great war stories, Requiem for Battleship Yamato transcends the particulars of disaster and the divisiveness of war. In the words of the translator, Yoshida s "ultimate concern is less bombs and bullets than human nature, less death than life." Yoshida Mitsuru was studying law at Tokyo Imperial University in 1943 when he was called up into the Imperial Japanese Navy. After the war he entered the service of the Bank of Japan and spent his entire career there, becoming in the early 1970s one of the banks executive officers. He died in Tokyo in 1979. Bookseller Inventory # 3051303

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Publisher: Seattle & London. 1985. Univ. Of Washington Press.

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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The author recounts his experiences as a junior naval officer on the Yamato during World War II and describes battles with the American forces

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Mitsuru Yoshida was a Japanese author and naval officer. He was the senior surviving officer on the battleship Yamato when it was sunk on 7 April 1945 during Operation Ten-Go during an attempt to support the defenders of Okinawa. He passed away in 1979.

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