Tokyo in 2010 is a city that any observer immediately marks as vibrantly progressive and humming with positive activity. But the Tokyo of 1948, post-World War II, has been subject to the American occupation following Japan’s defeat and now a mass murder by poison.
Occupied City is the second in Peace’s series of novels about Japan. Twelve tales will be told and a candle extinguished after each story has been shared. The tales, memories, reflections and literal accounts of the Teikoku Bank murder or Teigin Incident (based on an actual historical event) bear connections to the writings of Franz Kafka, Akira Kurosawa, David Sedaris (without the humor) and other similar writers. Interweaving a surrealistic, gruesome, and linear approach to the real story behind the story, David Peace presents a nightmare beyond our worst conceptions and fears. Military and civilian secrets behind Unit 371 leave the reader thinking, “Which is worse? How can human beings think about and carry out such genocide? Who is being protected and by whom? Who is lying and who is telling the truth?”
Is it any wonder that those intimately involved with this case and the past foresee their own and their nation’s demise as more is uncovered in the finely tuned investigation thwarted at every turn? Being a loner in Japanese culture is an anomaly, but complicity in creating a false script, in order to hide a more momentous crime, reflects the fear and shame behind defeat. Is it any wonder madness and mayhem follow? Stunning in its unique style and significance in recounting the truth about American, Chinese and Japanese history, Occupied City is a must read!