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Seventeen by Kenzabuo Oé

Updated: Jun 30, 2019

Editions Gallimard 2015 (French translation)

I read the French version of this short story which I happened upon at my friend Becky’s house.

It’s about a seventeen-year-old adolescent, who feels lost and uncared for by his family, and is extremely self-consious in social situations. This leads him to appreciate fascist ideas which facilitate forgetting the individual, himself. The story is inspired by the real-life assassination of a socialist party leader by a young right wing extremist in 1960s Japan.

Well written.

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