Monthly Archives: September 2017

‘Fires on the Plain’, by Shōhei Ōoka (1951) & Ivan Morris (1957)

For Private Tamura, the narrator and protagonist of this story, the novel starts with being yelled at and slapped in the face by his commanding officer. He is also deadly sick with consumption, stuck on an island far away from home, part of an army that has already lost the war, surrounded by hostile local […]