Takiji Kobayashi

Japanese writer

1903   -   1933

movement: proletarian literature
country of citizenship: Japan
native language: Japanese
educated at: Otaru University of Commerce
occupation: writer, novelist

Takiji Kobayashi (小林 多喜二, Kobayashi Takiji, October 13, 1903 – February 20, 1933) was a Japanese author of proletarian literature. He is best known for his short novel Kanikōsen, or Crab Cannery Ship, a short novel published in 1929. It tells the story of cannery workers, fishermen and seamen' hard life on board a cannery ship and the beginning of their revolt against the company and its managers. The young writer died due to violent torture after arrest by the Tokkō police two years later, at the age of 29.
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