Skin (英語) ペーパーバック – 1992/1/1
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SKIN - The raw controversial story of a Thalidomide victim.
SKIN - An angry and violent book, a tragedy shot through with bitter humour.
SKIN - is Martin Atchitson's story: some of his mates called him a spatic - most of them called him Martin 'Atchet. He was a SKIN
SKIN - Banned before publication. Rejected by other publishers who thought it 'Too Disturbing'.
SKIN - is the most important comic book you will read this year.
About a year later, Skin finally surfaced and - while the notoriety perhaps helped raise interest - it stands as a great example of a well written, well crafted comic for a mature audiance.
Not as fun as Shade, nor as clever as Enigma, and not the mental kaliedaskope of the (sadly unavailable) Rogan Gosh - Skin still is well worth your time and attention....
“I couldn’t believe that Japan surrendered unconditionally. But I did not even know that atomic bombs were dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima,” said Iida, who was 22 years old at the time. “I was petrified for weeks.”
Japan had sent some 200,000 soldiers to the island, which was part of Japan’s last line of defense. But 90 percent of the soldiers would die, mostly from starvation and malaria, after the supply lines were cut after the Allied forces achieved aerial and maritime supremacy.
Even though Iida, now 91, was one of those who survived, his plight started when he was captured by Dutch forces in the western part of New Guinea after the end of the war. He was tried as a Class-B/C war criminal in 1948 for allegedly killing several civilians, which he calls a fabricated accusation.
Iida claims that a person he killed was suspected of attacking the Imperial Japanese Army, and that he was sentenced to 20 years with no witness allowed to testify at the trial. He was then locked up for almost 10 years in Java and in Sugamo Prison in Tokyo.
After his release, he devoted his life to fighting for social causes and logging memories of the war. Iida authored several books that provided accounts of the battle in New Guinea. He was also involved in the first successful lawsuit against the government over thalidomide, after his son was born with a birth defect from the sedative. But 69 years after the war, Iida questions whether Japan or the U.S. learned from his trial and from the Tokyo war crimes tribunal.
“Every year we have wars somewhere. Why is that?” Iida said. “I feel that the Allied powers have not learned from the double standard they applied in the trials. They speak of justice but that justice is causing problems.”