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人間失格 Osamu Dazai


Osamu Dazai

Published 2009
184 pages
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 About the Book 

Mine has been a life of much shame. I cant even guess myself what it must be to live the life of a human being.Portraying himself as a failure, the protagonist of Osamu Dazais No Longer Human narrates a seemingly normal life even while he feels himself incapable of understanding human beings. Oba Yozos 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.Semi-autobiographical, No Longer Human is the final completed work of one of Japans most important writers, Osamu Dazai (1909-1948). The novel has come to echo the sentiments of youth (Hiroshi Ando, The Mainichi Daily News) from post-war Japan to the postmodern society of technology. Still one of the ten bestselling books in Japan, No Longer Human is a powerful exploration of an individuals alienation from society.