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Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids


Publisher:Marion Boyars 1958/95



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The first novel by Japan's most celebrated writing, Nip The Buds, Shoot the Kids recounts the exploits of fifteen teenage reformatory boys evacuated to a remote mountain village in wartime. The narrator who acts as nominal leader of the small band, his younger brother and their comrades are all delinquent outcasts, feared and detested by the local peasants. When plague breaks out, their hosts abandon them and flee, then blockade them inside the empty village, together with a young Korean, an army deserter and a girl evacuee. However, the boys' brief, doomed attempt to build autonomous lives of self-respect, love and tribal valour inevitably fails with the reflux of death and the adult nightmare of war. This novel was translated from Japanese to English language by Paul St John Mackintosh and Maki Sugiyama. The novel's original copyright was 1958 by Kenzaburo Oe. This edition was published by Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd., London and New York, 1995.

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