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What's Fiction Past Is| Books

A solidly researched novel by Uzma Aslam Khan becomes a substitute for an island's history.

It is only in the past couple of decades that historical accounts of the Japanese occupation of the Andamans during World War II have begun to emerge. The Japanese were seen as liberators when they arrived in 1942, and soon the islands nominally became part of Subhas Chandra Bose's Azad Hind. Actual control rested with the Japanese, though, who soon became paranoid about locals cooperating with British forces. In addition to

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