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Battle Royale

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Genre Fiction

Year 2017

ISBN: 1-56931-778-X

Language English

Volume book: Full version

Koushun Takami’s notorious high-octane thriller is based on an irresistible premise: a class of junior high school students is taken to a deserted island where, as part of a ruthless authoritarian program, they are provided arms and forced to kill one another until only one survivor is left standing. Criticized as violent exploitation when first published in Japan — where it then proceeded to become a runaway bestseller — is a for the 21st century, a potent allegory of what it means to be young and (barely) alive in a dog-eat-dog world. Made into a controversial hit movie of the same name, is already a contemporary Japanese pulp classic, now available for the first time in the English language.

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