Koushun Takami


Born
in Amagasaki, Hyōgo Prefecture, Osaka, Japan
January 10, 1969

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Koushun Takami (高見 広春 Takami Kōshun) is the author of the novel Battle Royale, originally published in Japanese, and later translated into English by Yuji Oniki and published by Viz Media and, later, in an expanded edition by Haika Soru, a division of Viz Media.

Takami was born in Amagasaki, Hyōgo Prefecture near Osaka and grew up in the Kagawa Prefecture of Shikoku. After graduating from Osaka University with a degree in literature, he dropped out of Nihon University's liberal arts correspondence course program. From 1991 to 1996, he worked for the news company Shikoku Shimbun, reporting on various fields including politics, police reports, and economics.

The novel Battle Royale was completed after Takami left the news company. It was reject
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“Loving someone always requires you to not love others.”
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“By then she was dead. In fact, she may have been dead a while ago. Physically, several seconds ago, mentally, ages ago.”
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January 2016 New School Group Read

1937, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, 366 pages
 
  23 votes, 15.2%

 
  21 votes, 13.9%

1915, The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, 201 pages
 
  15 votes, 9.9%

1953, Casino Royale by Ian Fleming, 181 pages
 
  13 votes, 8.6%

 
  13 votes, 8.6%

1954, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, 182 pages
 
  12 votes, 7.9%

 
  11 votes, 7.3%

1999, Battle Royale by Koushun Takami, 617 pages
 
  9 votes, 6.0%

 
  7 votes, 4.6%

 
  7 votes, 4.6%

 
  7 votes, 4.6%

1984, The Bone People by Keri Hulme, 450 pages
 
  5 votes, 3.3%

 
  3 votes, 2.0%

1926, The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery, 218 pages
 
  2 votes, 1.3%

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