Eaten by the Japanese
The Memoir of an Unknown Indian Prisoner of War
Indian POW of Japanese in World War II --memoir discovered 51 yrs later by son
Nazi war crimes vs. Japanese war crimes--why do the Japanese get off so lightly in books and movies, when the mortality of POWs under the Japanese was higher? This is a question that the co-author, Richard Crasta asks in his accompanying essays to the main story, his father John Baptist Crasta's Prisoner of War memoir.
A horrific story of an Indian soldier who gets caught in a war and miraculously survives. The story was discovered by his son, the author Richard Crasta, 51 years later after his father had written it on returning from the war. He proceeded to publish it along with essays expressing his feelings about his father.
This is a chapter in the untold history of: tens of thousands of Asians who were enslaved, tortured, abused, or killed in World War II, but who are often treated as faceless extras in most accounts of World War II, which is told mainly by Western historians and movies. This is a tiny attempt in the direction of correcting the record.
Also, while hundreds of movies and books treat German actions in World War II, very few focus on Japanese treatment of civilians and POWs.
This is a belated attempt at justice. The audience is everyone, young or old. In printed form, the book has been read by children as young as 8 or 9. The language of the main author is accessible, simple, honest, and direct, and often poignant.
“A classic in military history, telling the story of men trapped in a world of torture, starvation, and death"—Roger Mansell, War historian, in Tameme Magazine
The essays by Richard Crasta relate to his discovery of his father's manuscript and how it made him rediscover his father. He also explains the reason for the title and the importance of justice being done in this case and in cases like this.
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About the Author
I grew up in India, the descendant of Goan Konkanis forcibly converted to Catholicism by the Portuguese; I became an agnostic at age 16, about the time I read Bertrand Russell and Saul Bellow, and decided to become a writer. I went to the U.S. to feel more free to pursue my dream.
My first novel, "The Revised Kama Sutra"--was extremely well-received in India and was published in 15 editions in 10 countries and 7 languages. It is the uncensored, uninhibited picture of the life of an Indian male from childhood to adulthood. One review said the book "personifies the post-Independence Indian male"; another said it "encapsulates the feelings of an entire generation of Indian men."
I have published a total of 15 books in print and e-book form combined: they include fiction, nonfiction, cultural and political satire and critiques, and humor.
I have lived much of my adult life in New York, and now spend most of my time in Asia.
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