Beasts of No Nation, Uzodinma Iweala 
Literary Fiction
Literary Fiction
Updated: August 18, 2021
No rape or sexual assault
Rape or sexual assault mentioned in passing (in discussion and/or implied)
Sexual harassment (e.g. verbal or non-consensual touching/grabbing)
Sexual relationship between adult and teenager
Child sexual abuse
Attempted rape
Rape strongly implied/details surrounding a rape discussed in detail (i.e. the events before/after)
Detailed/vivid description of rape


The protagonist, a child, is forced to become a child soldier. The commander rapes him multiple times, and it is implied that he also rapes other boys in the group. There is a scene where the protagonist helps force a woman's legs open so that other soldiers can rape her. In another scene, the soldiers visit a brothel and make harassing comments and gestures towards the women there.

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