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Never let me go: science fiction and legal reality

J.H. de Villiers, M. Slabbert
Literator | Vol 32, No 3 | a211 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v32i3.211 | © 2011 J.H. de Villiers, M. Slabbert | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 July 2011 | Published: 30 July 2011

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J.H. de Villiers, Department of Jurisprudence, UNISA, Pretoria, South Africa
M. Slabbert, Department of Jurisprudence, UNISA, Pretoria, South Africa

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This article offers a law and literary perspective on Kazuo Ishiguro‟s novel „never let me go‟. The article engages with the existentialist themes of the novel and examines various medicolegal issues pertaining to cloning and organ transplants. By examining the contemporary social and legal framework, the article exposes the inadequacies of the current (legal) approach to organ donations, and advances an alternative approach that balances personal autonomy, free choice and the right to self determination.


Cloning; Existentialism; K Ishiguro; Never Let Me Go; Law And Literature; Organ Donations


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