The Breaking Jewel: A Novel by Makoto Oda

The Breaking Jewel: A Novel

byMakoto Oda, Donald Keene

Kobo ebook | January 23, 2003

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Set on an island in the South Pacific during the final days of World War II, when the tide has turned against Japan and the war has unmistakably become one of attrition, The Breaking Jewel offers a rare depiction of the Pacific War from the Japanese side and captures the essence of Japan's doomed imperial aims. The novel opens as a small force of Japanese soldiers prepares to defend a tiny and ultimately insignificant island from a full-scale assault by American forces. Its story centers on squad leader Nakamura, who resists the Americans to the end, as he and his comrades grapple with the idea of gyokusai (translated as "the breaking jewel" or the "pulverization of the gem"), the patriotic act of mass suicide in defense of the homeland.

Well known for his antiestablishment and antiwar sentiments, Makuto Oda gradually and subtly develops a powerful critique of the war and the racialist imperial aims that proved Japan's undoing.

Makuto Oda is a novelist and peace activist. His first literary fame came with the 1961 bestseller Nan demo mite varo (I'll Look at Anything). He is also the author of Hiroshima, first translated into English as The Bomb and later republished as H.Donald Keene is Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature and University Professor Em...
Title:The Breaking Jewel: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 23, 2003Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231518870

ISBN - 13:9780231518871


Editorial Reviews

With Donald Keene, our most important scholar of Japanese literature, we are guaranteed an accurate and graceful rendering into English as well as a significant novel, the first by Makoto Oda to be translated. Oda has provided a dramatic and compelling story about the Pacific War from the other side.