This collection introduces the work of Japan's foremost Marxist writer, Kobayashi Takiji (–), to an English-speaking audience, providing access to a. (Japanese with English subtitles) Aboard the Japanese crab ship 'Kanikosen' equipped with a cannery facility, workers are forced to labor under pitiful. Directly in front of the crab cannery ship Hakkomaru rested a sailing ship with peeling paint, its anchor chain lowered from a hole in its bow that.


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It is also true that she takes greater risks than former workers and that while she is not sold she is obliged to sell herself.

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Convinced that the dominant socioeconomic system was incorrigibly exploitative and oppressive — as well as warlike and destructive — dissident writers the crab cannery ship other radical artists of the early twentieth century dedicated themselves to portraying the lives and struggles of those who suffered its depredations and sought a way out from its nightmarish cul-de-sac.

As the abolitionist artists of the nineteenth century fought against chattel slavery and serfdom, so their neo-abolitionist successors fought on against wage slavery, confident that in the crab cannery ship not too distant future a worldwide revolution would open the way to a cooperative commonwealth where emancipated humanity could at long last begin to live up to its fullest potential.

Though a roster of writers committed to profound the crab cannery ship transformation would be virtually endless, it might be helpful to list at random a handful of representative names, some more familiar than others: Based on an actual incident that took place inthe novel follows a motley crew of unorganized, mostly low-skilled laborers who are subjected to such savage working conditions onboard a crab cannery ship that they almost spontaneously start to organize and unite in order to fight back and survive.

A classic of Japanese proletarian literature, The Crab Cannery Ship experienced an enormous revival of popularity in and earlyselling hundreds of thousands of copies in an economically depressed Japan. Takiji himself was tortured and killed by police in Tokyo at age Many other radical artists have been almost forgotten along with much or most of their work.

This is more than a the crab cannery ship, for the current global status quo is in some ways even more pernicious than it was in their days.

Given the possibly catastrophic course our globe appears to be following, it might be high time for a worldwide resurgence — on a tremendous scale — of proletarian literature, and of all the proletarian arts.

The Crab Cannery Ship and Other Novels of Struggle by Takiji Kobayashi

For in conjunction with internationalist grassroots solidarity, radical art could just possess the power to transform the world for the incomparably better. One of them spit out a cigarette he had smoked down to his fingertips.

The stub fell skimming the tall side of the ship, the crab cannery ship playfully every which way.

The man stank of liquor. Steamships with red bulging bellies rose from the water; others being loaded with cargo leaned hard to one side as if tugged down by the sea.


There were thick yellow smokestacks, large bell-like buoys, launches scurrying like bedbugs among ships. Bleak whirls of oil soot, scraps of bread, and rotten fruit floated on the waves as if forming some special fabric.

The Crab Cannery Ship and Other Novels of Struggle

Blown by the wind, smoke drifted over waves wafting a stifling smell of coal. From time to time a harsh rattle of winches traveling along the waves reverberated against the flesh. Two foreign sailors with pipes in mouth paced the deck back the crab cannery ship forth like automatons.

The ship seemed to be Russian.

Kobayashi and the Class Struggle

the crab cannery ship No doubt it was a patrol vessel sent to keep an eye on the Japanese cannery ship. The workers were all boys of fourteen or fifteen. Poverty had brought them together. Dozens of barrels of pickled vegetables were stored next door, adding their own shit-like odor.