Eaten by the Japanese: The Memoir of an Unknown Indian Prisoner of War

Eaten by the Japanese: The Memoir of an Unknown Indian Prisoner of War

by John Baptist Crasta, Richard Crasta
     
 

A true story of World War II: how Indian soldiers in the British army became Prisoners of War and were shipped by their Japanese captors in "torture ships" to Papua New Guinea, and how a fraction of them, including the author, survived 3 1/2 years of horrific imprisonment, beatings, starvation, bombings and more to return home to India.


John Baptist

Overview

A true story of World War II: how Indian soldiers in the British army became Prisoners of War and were shipped by their Japanese captors in "torture ships" to Papua New Guinea, and how a fraction of them, including the author, survived 3 1/2 years of horrific imprisonment, beatings, starvation, bombings and more to return home to India.


John Baptist Crasta's story, written shortly after the war, was discovered and published 51 years later by son. At the time, John was 87 years old. He died less than 2 years later, after having seen his book in print.


It was by reading his father's memoir that the son not only discovered his father; but decided to do all he could to make the world know about it. This book contains not just the father's memoir, but the son's essays about rediscovering his father and his feelings about the memoir.


This shocking and poignant story of World War II and its forgotten Indian Prisoners of War has never been told before from the viewpoint of an ordinary Indian soldier who was there as one of its actor-victims. Nor has it ever been coupled with a moving story of fathers and sons.
“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


“You see the horror of war, without a trace of artifice, through the eyes of one who was there, the writing a simple act of catharsis. A war memoir that ranks with the best.”—Professor Mark Ledbetter, Nisei University


“Striking and raw, an antidote to myth.  Something to be treasured. This is the kind of record that this generation is losing fast, and we need to hold on to this. It made me think of what had happened to my own father's memoirs, which were lost.”--Professor Barry Fruchter.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016308340
Publisher:
Invisible Man Press
Publication date:
02/06/1998
Sold by:
Draft2Digital
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
319 KB

Meet the Author

Richard Crasta is the author of twelve books and the father of three sons. He was born and grew up in India and moved to America to become a writer. His first novel, "The Revised Kama Sutra," was received with critical acclaim, described as "very funny" by Kurt Vonnegut, and published in 10 countries and in 7 languages.

Richard's books include fiction, nonfiction, essays, autobiography, humor, and satire, and have been described as "exuberant," "courageous," "hilarious," and "going where no Indian writer has gone before."

His 12 books include "Impressing the Whites," "The Killing of an Author," and the subversive anthology of humor, "I Will Not Go the F**k to Sleep" (a non-parental version with more political humor has been published under the title "The Empire Bites Back"); he also edited and added essays to his father's memoir, "Eaten by the Japanese: The Memoir of an Unknown Indian Prisoner of War." His motives for writing include a passion for justice and free expression and a love of laughter. 

Richard has traveled widely in North America, Asia, and Europe, and though technically a New York resident, spends most of his time in Asia working on seven books in progress. His likes include a wide range of music, movies, theater, and travel.

You may write to Richard at rc@richardcrasta.com or visit his website, http://www.richardcrasta.com

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