Death March on Mount Hakkoda (Rock Spring Collection of Japanese Literature) (英語) ペーパーバック – 1992/9/1
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In January 1902, 210 Japanese soldiers are ordered to cross snowbound Mount Hakkoda to test their ability to withstand a winter campaign. Poor planning, military bureaucracy and bad luck soon leave the men starved and frozen. This antiwar, wilderness adventure is based on an actual incident.
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Non-fictional approach based on the facts give readers really heavy impressions.
One of the most impressed part was a short episode at the end of the novel. After the distress, the sound of hundreds soldiers returned to the base every night. One night, one survived leader ordered to the sound to got rest, then it stoppedc
Nitta Jiro is famous for his novel of mountaineering.
The book does not really explore the characters (some real, some fiction) in any great depth (nor are they totally convincing) but the factual basis of the story makes one wince with each new act of arrogance and folly as it is exposed in the narrative. The frailties of the major protagonists are ruthlessly revealed in a strictly hierarchical society - a theme explored subsequently by - among others - Chie Nakane.