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No Longer Human - Osamu Dazai, Donald Keene
No Longer Human
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The poignant and fascinating story of a young man who is caught between the breakup of the traditions of a northern Japanese aristocratic family and the impact of Western ideas.Portraying himself as a failure, the protagonist of Osamu Dazai's No Longer Human narrates a seemingly normal life even... show more
The poignant and fascinating story of a young man who is caught between the breakup of the traditions of a northern Japanese aristocratic family and the impact of Western ideas.Portraying himself as a failure, the protagonist of Osamu Dazai's No Longer Human narrates a seemingly normal life even while he feels himself incapable of understanding human beings. Oba Yozo's attempts to reconcile himself to the world around him begin in early childhood, continue through high school, where he becomes a "clown" to mask his alienation, and eventually lead to a failed suicide attempt as an adult. Without sentimentality, he records the casual cruelties of life and its fleeting moments of human connection and tenderness.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780811204811 (0811204812)
Publisher: New Directions
Pages no: 177
Edition language: Japanese
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Familiar Diversions
Familiar Diversions rated it
2.0 No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai, translated by Donald Keene
I’ll start this off with some content warnings. This book includes several suicide attempts (one successful), a main (POV) character who becomes an alcoholic and a drug addict and who is probably depressed, and several mentions of rape and child molestation. Most of these things aren’t described in ...
Book Life is Real Life
Book Life is Real Life rated it
4.0 No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai
Despite its title, No Longer Human is really about the pain of being human (duh). It's about depression. Alienation. Life spiralling out of control. Okay, so Yozo, the protagonist, is afraid of humans. He doesn't understand why exactly people act like they do, but in order to fit in, he tries acti...
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5.0 No Longer Human
touchstone of J-lit, 人間失格 is the "i'm going out of my mind" scream! of the flip-side of the Japanese-identity-exploration question of modernist Japanese writers. compared to the purveyor and surveyor of erotic obsession, Tanizaki; the 'tea ceremony and mountain geisha' specialist Kawabata; the milit...
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