An Internment Odyssey: Haisho Tenten

Item # 159330.

By Suikei Furuya. Translated by Tatsumi Hayashi.

From the icy plains of Montana to the blistering deserts of New Mexico, the World War II Japanese American incarceration would take Honolulu businessman and poet Suikei Furuya on an odyssey zigzagging through seven states and across eleven thousand miles. Furuya’s chronicle of his imprisonment, Haisho Tenten, published in Japanese fifty years ago, is now translated and available here in English for the first time.

An Internment Odyssey provides a rare first-hand account of an immigrant life turned upside down, when the country of Furuya’s birth, attacks the nation that he has come to call home. With a keen eye and a poet’s sensibility, Furuya captures the surprise and despair that he feels over his abrupt arrest and separation from his family, his humiliation and outrage over his incarceration, and finally resignation as his life becomes a seemingly endless journey to one internment camp after another. Furuya’s accounts of Camp Livingston in Louisiana and Camp Forrest in Tennessee are the first in the English-language literature by a Japanese American internee. Paper: 368 pp.




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