A Choice of Evils Paperback / softback
by MEIRA CHAND
This epic novel is set against the backdrop of the Sino-Japanese war, from the time Japan annexed Manchuria in the early 1930s until the end of the Second World War.
During these years, a militaristic Japan pursued an aggressive dream to colonize not only China but also the whole of Southeast Asia and beyond.
The brutal sacking of Chiang Kai-shek's new capital, Nanking, which refused to surrender to the Imperial Army, was a graphic example of Japanese retribution in a war of punishment. The story of these tumultuous years is told through the lives of a disparate group of fictional characters: a young Russian woman emigre caught between her complex love affair with a British journalist and a liberal-minded Japanese diplomat, an Indian nationalist working for Japanese intelligence, a Chinese professor with communist sympathies, an American missionary doctor and a Japanese soldier, who are all brought together by the monstrous dislocation of war.
Enmeshed in a savage world beyond their control, each character turns to the deepest part of themselves to find a way to survive.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 480 pages
- Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International (Asia) Pte Ltd
- Publication Date: 15/12/2018
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9789814828246