Yapoo, human cattle. The novel is a satire grating of Japan's post-war trying to liquidate the disillusionment caused by the unconditional surrender of the country in 1945. This novel "political" or "ideological," according to Mishima Yukio, is both the representation of a "disenchanted world" and its "re-enchantment" tragicomic as a science-fiction works on the model of dystopia (against-utopia). The bias of the novel is to show that the "Japanese culture" is a "gift" or a structure (Western?) To "domesticate" the Japanese. Yapoo, human cattle makes a human parody of deconstruction "fantasy" of the West to Japan, and this strange object of desire "that is the" Japan "for the West. This report is described in a "Japanese", the mysterious author of the novel, haunted, traumatized, charmed by the defeat of 1945, which does not hesitate to push the self-mockery to masochism.
Yapou, human cattle is the great human story of the "adventures" in the future by Clara Von Kotwick and his Japanese fiancé, Sebe Rinichiro, after the accidental fall of a UFO from the future, crashing violently to the surface of the Earth twentieth century, not far from Wiesbaden, West Germany in the 1960s. The spaceship comes as an Empire "situated some 2000 years later, since EHS stands for" Empire of Hundred Suns, "the empire of the hundred suns, sometimes also referred to as" the British empire universal. EHS is an "empire of segregation" based on "light chain" (White, Black, Yellow). The company has established the dominance of women in the political system. The roles are reversed: men (White) are responsible for children and culture, they are pretty and effeminate, and so on. The "Blacks" are treated as slaves and they are regarded as belonging to the human family, they are considered "semi-human beings" as a result of having "half-human rights". The "Yellow", finally, that the Japanese are no longer part of the human race. These are parts of cattle, cattle parts "human" like the neologism formed. The Yapoos are "smart monkeys" within the species simius sapiens. The loss of their humanity gives the yapou status even lower than that of the animal. It is a last bastion in the exploitation of man by man to jump. The lock, which would consider a human being as a being "inviolable" because of his intelligence, his reason. Intelligence is the criterion used to define the human in the world of EHS but the color of the skin as Yapous appearing in the novel are furniture, goods. They are transformed into furniture for white and form an incredible bestiary: Setten and vomitories which made it unnecessary to use the toilet, sex toys that are cunnilingers, penilingers, the pair of ski pouky, all sorts of yapous miniature, mens-midjets, yapamatron, anal, pygmées table vivistylo, etc..
The thread of the story follows the overthrow of the relationship Clara and Rinichiro. The novel describes the fate of the ironic relationship of the German-Japanese couple which does soon a "mistress" (domina / shujin) to his "pet" home (pets/kachikujin ). The book takes to do the form of a travel in the manner of the novel by Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels, which allows the reader to measure the changing world since the twentieth century. The novel ends with the "unconditional surrender" of Rin at 49th and final chapter, some five hundred pages later, but only some thirty hours later, when Rinichiro resigned to fate so that n 't hesitate to be the apostle of society ESHIEN.
Yapou, human cattle is a novel and surprising by detonating his fortune editorial content and the mystery surrounding the identity of its author. The magazine Bungeishunjyu; in its issue of September 2004, the class with a critique of Dan Oniroku, among the "57 books that have shaken Japan" in a list involving both Daraku-ron (The fall by Sakaguchi Ando), Hiroshima Notes by Oe Kenzaburo and Aoi toki (blue times) by legend singer/actress Yamaguchi Momoe.
Numa Shozo is a pseudonym and the real identity of the author hiding under this name is still unknown. The correspondent of Le Monde Philippe Pons who met at the exit of the French translation of the novel relates Numa that has long worked in the publishing. Numa says about him have chosen this pseudonym as a tribute to Ernest Sumpf, a German DM: Sumpf, German, as Numa, Japanese, means "swamp" or "swamp." This is the first under the pseudonym that the author begins to appear as the books of a visionary short essays in the journal Kitan Club and c It was in this same journal that the first soap to Kachikujin Yapoo will be published as soon as 1956. Several assumptions (including the rumor of his death) travel in Japan on their identity than ever without one or the other could be confirmed. The rumor even a designated time Mishima Yukio, who wanted this book as "probably the greatest novel" ideological " of the post-war written by a Japanese." According to Ko Yoshio, the agent of Numa Shozo, Mishima is the true discoverer of the text he had read the reports soap Kitan Club. And this same Mishima which provided the episodes he had cut in the magazine asking him to act so that it be published as a book. The support that this novel gets to Shibusawa Tatsuhiko, Haniya Yutaka and Okuno Takeo came to them from the "pretenders" potential. When the noise ran a senior official of the Ministry of Justice was hiding under the pseudonym, Amano Tetsuo which was previously declared as his representative be Numa Shozo before retract when the rumors stopped. According to some commentators, Numa is a pseudonym used by several authors (including Amano Tetsuo) for writing not only Yapoo, human cattle but also human Carnets. Haniya Yutaka has suggested that it could have been written by a foreigner or a woman. The mystery concerning the identity of Numa Shozo is still wide.
One of the most interesting aspects of this novel was to have been written over a period of more than 40 years managing to preserve the "anonymity" of his or its authors, anonymity that justified attacks on the novel will be able to subject from groups of far-right.
Yapoo, human cattle is first human evidence of a algolagnie claimed. Written under the leadership of an "masochistic excitement" caused by the disillusionment caused by its author at the announcement by Hirohito (Showa emperor who reigned from 1926 to 1989) of his "humanity" in his New Year message on January 1 1946 and who completes in the eyes of the author's work demolition of imperial Japan.
"The divine character of the Emperor: what had structured my psychology during the war was suddenly destroyed. It is without doubt that this disillusionment turned to me masochistic excitement. I could not say that the nature of this psychological mechanism I now totally clear. "
Understandably, the psychological mechanism evoked by Numa was not "entirely clear" if it is assumed that beyond the dimension of "personal" of this work, beyond the response of an individual, Yapou , human cattle in its own way illustrates the shift in values experienced by Japan after the defeat of 1945 and that this change creates what we might call the syndrome of "appreciation for the weak" affecting the intellectual elite of the post-war "is not to say his name.
"We consider the 15 ships in August 1945 as the day the war ends. This is called "end of war" as if the phenomenon could be comparable to a natural phenomenon: the war ended ... naturally. This term is misleading and I've always been frustrated before, during or after the war. Because it carries the same logic, the same bitterness that wanted lost every battle was seen as a strategic withdrawal of our troops and the defeat of Japan as an honorable death. The announcement of the surrender of the country is considered as the date marking the end of the war. Why can not we just talk of defeat? "
Personal defeat? Loss of an entire people? On the one ideology? Grotesque parody, fiction grinçante that this novel is "unfinished" of nearly 1,500 pages can be read out of context.