Fathers and Sons, War and Love (A 3-Book Bundle)
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This 80,000-word bundle of three books begins with "Eaten by the Japanese," the World War II memoir of John Baptist Crasta, the father of Richard Crasta, who describes what it was like to rediscover his father and reconcile with him just two years before his father's death. The act of reading and publishing his 87-year-old father's almost forgotten memoir was a process of discovery and reconciliation for the son. "Father, Rebel, Dreamer" consists of fictional and nonfictional reflections, essays, and humor, including a fictional story of "The Terrorist Mother-in-Law." "Letters to My Sons" is the story of a tragic period in which depression, loneliness, and addiction to psychotropic drugs results in mood swings and regrettable emotional outbursts.
This 2019 edition contains powerful new material: the Epilogue, titled "The Second Torture of John Baptist Crasta," tells the story of John Baptist Crasta's sad final days. The other bonus chapters, advance chapters from a book-in-progress, include meditations on Buddhism, fatherhood, and psychiatry, and a story of Indian feudal arrogance and impunity.
Richard Crasta is the author of 12 other books of fiction, nonfiction, satire, humor, biography, and cultural and political critiques.