Battle Royale: Remastered

by Koushun Takami
Release date: April 2014
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: alternate history, thriller
Tags: translation

Translated by Nathan Collins.

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 best seller — Battle Royale is a Lord of the Flies 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, Battle Royale is already a contemporary Japanese pulp classic, now available in a new English-language translation.

updated 2017-09-26

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