May 15, 2010
Volumes of The New Human Revolution Released in Four Languages
LOS ANGELES, USA: World Tribune Press recently published Volumes 19 and 20 of The New Human Revolution, a historical novel detailing the international development of the Soka Gakkai lay Buddhist organization under the leadership of Daisaku Ikeda. The series recounts the experiences of pioneering members who have challenged and surmounted countless personal struggles through their Buddhist practice. Volume 19 focuses on Mr. Ikeda’s activities in 1974, while Volume 20 details his visits to China and the former Soviet Union to foster peace and understanding between the two countries. His visit to the United Nations Headquarters in New York to deliver 10 million signatures calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons is also recounted.
In addition, an Italian edition combining Volumes 9 and 10 into a single book was released by Esperia Edizioni in Milan, while a Dutch edition of Volume 3 was published by SGI-Netherlands. Hong Kong publishing house Cosmos Books released a traditional Chinese edition of Volume 20, and the publishing arm of SGI-Venezuela released Volumes 14 and 15 under one cover in Spanish. Publisher Eternal Ganges in India has also released an English edition of Volume 12.
The New Human Revolution is a sequel to The Human Revolution, which describes the effort of second Soka Gakkai president, Josei Toda, to rebuild the organization in the aftermath of World War II.
[Adapted from articles in the January 13, February 10,13 and 27, April 4 and May 15, 2010, issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan, and the April 30, 2010, issue of the World Tribune]