Bestseller Susumu's Saga: A Boy's Journey from Rural Japan to Manchuria and Revolutionary Russia Author Junichi Saga Shinya Yamaguchi Avi Landau is Kindle Junichi Saga Saga Jun ichi , born 1941 is a Japanese countryside physician and writer whose work records countryside experiences of numerous individuals typically, his patients.. While in previous works Dr Junichi Saga has summoned up the voices of his elderly patients to bring back to life a now vanished, pre globalized Japan, here the internationally acclaimed author turns his attention both closer to home, to his own father, Susumu, and further afield, to a family drama that spans 3000 miles, from a rustic hamlet on the shores of Lake KasumigWhile in previous works Dr Junichi Saga has summoned up the voices of his elderly patients to bring back to life a now vanished, pre globalized Japan, here the internationally acclaimed author turns his attention both closer to home, to his own father, Susumu, and further afield, to a family drama that spans 3000 miles, from a rustic hamlet on the shores of Lake Kasumigaura Japan s second largest to Irkutsk, on the shores of Lake Baikal in Siberia The appearance of a long lost photograph, helps get father and son talking, and 77 year old Susumu s memories flowing scenes of early 20th century Japanese village life, the once thriving lake port town of Tsuchiura, cosmopolitan Harbin in Manchuria, the border town of Manzhouli, Irkutsk in the dead of a Siberian winter during the Russian Civil War 1919 1922 , and the long train rides between Susumu recalls what had happened 70 years earlier so vividly and in such detail that his son can hardly believe what he hears However, visits to the National Archives and some rigorous pre Internet Age research, turn up material that confirms much of what the old man says and provides a much fuller picture of what was going on in the world that Susumu had lived in but could hardly make sense of at the age of eight a complex world filled with Radicals Bolsheviks , anti Radicals Whites , Chinese warlords, Czechoslovak legionaries, freed Austrian and German POWs, Japanese soldiers and settlers, drifters, bandits and spies Susumu s Saga is a story of memory, family, friendship, the clash of great historical forces and survival, told in a unique way, with a distinctive Japanese sensibility Many of its scenes, whether of the rapturous crowds cheering the arrival of Japanese troops in Harbin, or two kids tasting some jam on the sly in a neighbor s basement, are likely to stick in your mind for as long as they did in Susumu s and just as clearly.. A viral Books Susumu's Saga: A Boy's Journey from Rural Japan to Manchuria and Revolutionary Russia Susumu seventy years after the events tells this story to his son who repeats it as it is told to him with some ancillary information from archives to explain each chapter. Susumu as a child is living in Irkutsk and traveling across Manchuria and Siberia with his distant father and loving mother. It is hard to imagine a 6 to 8 year old boy having such precise recollections after 70 years. At any rate, this is the period toward the end of WWI and during the Russian Revolution and Susumu tells of his experiences during the Japanese intervention along the Trans-Siberian railway. It is interesting but leaves many unanswered questions as would be expected when a child is telling the story.