Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids

By Kenzaburo Oe; Paul St. John Mackintosh (Translator); Maki Sugiyama (Translator)
(Grove Press, Paperback, 9780802134639, 192pp.)

Publication Date: June 1996

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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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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