Soldiers in Hiding by Richard Wiley

This remarkable novel is not only an imaginative work of the very highest order but a cross-cultural tour de force of extraordinary daring and vision. It begins in Tokyo in 1941, when Teddy Maki and Jimmy Yamamoto, two young Japanese-American jazz musicians, are stranded in Japan after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, drafted into the Japanese army and sent to the Philippines, the scene of bloody conflict with guerrillas and American troops. Rather than act as true soldiers, the two young men attempt to disengage themselves from the savagery of a war in which they are unable to choose sides. But such innocence is impossible to maintain. Thirty years later, Teddy Maki, by then a star of Japanese television, is still haunted by Jimmy's death and his own failure to disobey the order of his commanding officer to shoot an American prisoner. The guilt that poisons his relationship with his wife and son and with the country in which he has chosen to live as a perpetual outsider speaks to the moral issues raised by all wars--from Auschwitz to My Lai.

The 2126th greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction (PEN/Faulkner)

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Soldiers in Hiding (Picador Books) Paperback 10969032 $0.01
Soldiers in Hiding (Signet) Mass Market Paperback 13657889 $24.99 1987
Soldiers in Hiding Paperback 14543720 $24.95 2004
Soldiers in Hiding (Plume) Paperback 8746589 $8.95 $0.01 1991
Soldiers in Hiding: A Novel (Rediscovery) Paperback 4226859 $21.60 $5.92 2006
Soldiers in Hiding: A Novel (Rediscovery) Kindle Edition 465565 $9.99 2011
Soldiers in Hiding (Signet) Mass Market Paperback 4220803 $65.07 $2.00 1987
Soldiers in Hiding Hardcover 4101572 $62.68 $9.59 1986