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Kanikōsen
The Great Proletarian Literature by Kobayashi Takiji
Date:08, Jul, 2013
Investigated and Written by Misaka Youhei
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In 1920s of Japan, there was the big stream of proletarian literature. We might have to learn some from the literature since no more solved has been the problem between labor and capital.


Factory Ship
UNESCO collection
Translated by F. Motofuji
Happened Taisho democracy and so soon, spread was proletarian literature based on communism and socialism, not capitalism nor individualism. That mainly describes misery of labor and troops.

Good or bad, it is down to you. Anyway, it is the unshakable truth proletarian literature has made up a stream in Japanese literature history. Kobayashi Takiji released Kanikōsen, meaning the Crab Factory Ship, in 1929. That is the representative novel of Japanese proletarian literature.

Buddy, we are off to the hell! This speech is the opening of the story. A crab canny ship is going for northern-sea fisheries and loading many migrant workers. Since inside of boats is out of labor laws, workers day after day have to spend hard time. Then, they gradually come into sense of entitlement and plan to walk out. And… this is a rough synopsis of the novel.

Confrontation between labor and capital, it has never faded away in Japan. If anything, it becomes more pressing problem nowadays because recent workers must be on the go all days until losing spirit to confront. We rightly need to know what means our happiness and victory.

Although the novel has no particular leading roles and it might be some difficult for empathy, the story goes in a vigorous and lively fashion and involve your mind. Kobayashi Takiji took his young spirit into the writings with painstaking care. Namely, it is great as a novel, not as an ism.

By the way, there was a tide to regard proletarian ideas as dangerous and so after getting captured and tortured hard, the author was dead in prison when Kobayashi Takiji was only 29 years old in 1933.


about Kanikōsen

・Written by Kobayashi Takiji
・Published by Nippona Artista Proleta Federacio (1929)
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