Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids by Kenzaburō Ōe

This novel tells the story of a group of reformatory school boys evacuated to a remote mountain village in wartime. The boys are treated harshly by the villagers, who view them as little more than animals. When a plague breaks out, the villagers flee, leaving the boys behind to fend for themselves. The boys attempt to create their own society, but when the villagers return, they are once again treated as outcasts. The book is a powerful exploration of the themes of isolation, rejection, and the struggle for survival.

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