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SHIPWRECKS, by Akira Yoshimura, translated by Mark Ealey. New York: Harcourt Brace & Co., 1996, 180 pp., $21.

His talent for depicting warfare informs novels and histories alike, however, and this translation of the 1982 “Hassen” reveals a professional writer of power, a popular novelist who knows precisely how to achieve his ends — exciting and moving the reader.

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