Hiroshima Joe: A Novel

Paperback | January 4, 2003

byMartin Booth

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One of the most powerful novels about the experience of war, first published in 1985

Captured by Hirohito's soldiers at the fall of Hong Kong and transferred to a Japanese slave camp outside Hiroshima, Captain Joe Sandingham was present when the bomb was dropped. Now a shell of a man, he lives in a cheap Hong Kong hotel, scrounging for food and the occasional bar girl. The locals call him "Hiroshima Joe" with a mixture of pity and contempt. But Joe-haunted by the sounds and voices of his past, debilitated by illness, and shattered by his wartime ordeal-is a man whose compassion and will to survive define a clear-eyed and unexpected heroism.

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One of the most powerful novels about the experience of war, first published in 1985Captured by Hirohito's soldiers at the fall of Hong Kong and transferred to a Japanese slave camp outside Hiroshima, Captain Joe Sandingham was present when the bomb was dropped. Now a shell of a man, he lives in a cheap Hong Kong hotel, scrounging for ...

Martin Booth is a critically acclaimed novelist and film writer. His novel, The Industry of Souls, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His new novel, Islands of Silence, is forthcoming from St. Martin's Press.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.28 × 5.46 × 1.04 inPublished:January 4, 2003Publisher:PicadorLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:031226805X

ISBN - 13:9780312268053

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"Engrossing...unflinchingly graphic." -The New York Times

"A brilliant achievement." -Daily Telegraph (UK)

"A carefully controlled study of man's beastliness to man, vividly observed." -Financial Times

"Fashion[s] a moving drama from the cruelties and pathologies of modern warfare and some moral meaning from the terrible travail of a man who survived, and even transcended it." -Publishers Weekly