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No Longer Human

No Longer Human

1973 . Fiction, Literary, Classics, Coming Of Age, Literary Collections . Osamu Dazai

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About the book

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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 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.

Year:

1973

Language:

English

Publisher:

New Directions Publishing

Pages:

176

ISBN:

0811220079 (ISBN13: 9780811220071)

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Reviews

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Custos Luna

8 months ago

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I have dealt with mental problems ever since I was six until it reached its breaking point. Any mean that there was to tell a story was my escape so I read anything that came into my hands. My uncle gave me this book and my doctor told me NOT to read it, at less not while I was like I was back then. I had already read the first couple of chapters and I was hooked. Ot was the first time I truly identafied with something, that I read something and was like Yes this is me. Ironnacly, Osamu's suicide note helped me during some of the darkest times of my life and I only wish I could somehow return the favour.

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Amazon Best Sellers image

11 months ago

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"Dazai offers something permanent and beautiful."

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4 months ago

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