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Arrachez les bourgeons, tirez sur les enfants (original 1958; edition 2012)
by Kenzaburô Ôé, René de Ceccatty (Traduction), Ryôji Nakamura (Traduction)
Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids by Kenzaburō Ōe (1958)
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Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids recounts the exploits of 15 teenage reformatory boys evacuated in wartime to a remote mountain village where they are feared and detested by the local peasants. When plague breaks out, the villagers flee, blocking the boys inside the deserted town. Their brief attempt to build autonomous lives of self-respect, love, and tribal valor is doomed in the face of death and the adult nightmare of war.
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In Japan during World War II a group of boys who are evacuated to the country take over a village when the inhabitants flee a plague. The novel describes the way the boys administer the village--breaking into homes for food, burying the dead, caring for the sick--and what happens when the villagers return. By the author of The Silent Cry.
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