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Battle Royale (GOLLANCZ S.F.): : Koushun Takami: Libros en idiomas extranjeros

Ohta Publishing,pages Japanese Gollancz,pages English translation. She wasn’t in the book, tskami she should have been. There can be only one. They would eat Katniss Everdeen’s liver with fava beans and sake. Comments 7 comments — Leave a comment. I think a significant portion of the book’s depth went over your head, simply because of cultural contexts and some crude translating work on the part of the publishers.

I think there was an interview with the author out there somewhere where he said the central message of the book was “Children, don’t trust the adults. The book tried this with televising the “Program”, but it wasn’t as poignant as a hyper, stereotypically cartoonish announcer telling the students to “Do your best!

But the theme of Japanese pop culture really any modern day pop culture trivializing violence then makes the book a satire of that trivialization – as you noted, kids die. And in very gruesome ways that serve no other purpose than for the readers to secretly go “Whoa!


I really wish that Koushun would do a bit more worldbuilding as you notedbut I think he left that part undeveloped in order for the readers to make easier connection between the Republic of Greater East Asia and the modern-day Japan.

Perhaps his house is right next to a gaisensha route, and he was waken up one too many times by the bellowing of the nationalist messages on the gaisensha’s loudspeakers? I’ve, like, read history, mmkay? The fact that I didn’t point out every single thing I noticed in the book for example, I could have mentioned the lovers’ suicide, which harkened back to a Japanese literary tradition predating WWII by centuries doesn’t mean the cultural context was just too foreign and deep for my poor simple understanding.

I got that Koushun was also making a statement about pop culture and trivializing violence, but those just aren’t the things that struck me most heavily. Link Reply Parent Thread.

The connection to Japan’s imperial past is literally the central focus of the novel, and you didn’t mention it. It’s an obvious reference that I just didn’t happen to mention. Sorry, but to me, “went over your head” reads as very condescending. If I had been writing a longer and more academically-focused review which I do believe Battle Royale warrants, even though it’s “just” pulp fiction I probably would have talked more about Japanese history and culture as it relates to the novel.

But mostly I was just analyzing it as a story and its place in modern pop culture. John, I think you’re going too far saying it’s all about the Imperial past. Certainly, it’s there but there is plenty that has to do with the structure of modern Japan. For example, when Mitsuko’s background is revealed, the reaction of one of her teachers to her situation is very much like how many modern Japanese authority figures react to hints of such difficulties.


Part of the reason the crime rate is so ‘low’ is many crimes are not reported or under reported because the victims don’t want to draw attention to themselves or officals don’t want to publicize unpleasantness.

Shogo and Shinji both question how ‘free’ they were outside the island where, while there are certainly more overt social controls, like the game and the state security apparatis, the so called ‘harmonious’ society of a not very alternate Japan creates its own oppressive atmosphere.

And that’s just two examples.

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Basically, there is a lot going on and sure, there are references to the past, just like modern Japan has references and omissions of the past Americans decide to drop bomb on poor defenseless Japanese. But the book was about modern Japan of which the past plays role, but not the central role.

I agree that in many ways, showing the point of view of several characters made the book stronger. My Book Reviews By author: Recent Posts John Freyan: Designed by Lilia Ahner.