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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? 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. Read more Read less. Frequently bought together. Add all three to Cart. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. Show details. Ships from and sold by Amazon SG. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

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This story tells 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. About the Author Osamu Dazai was a 20th century Japanese novelist.

Donald Keene is a distinguished translator of Japanese. Read more. Customers who bought this item also bought. The Setting Sun. The Sailor who Fell from Grace with the Sea. Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories. I am a Cat. No customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings? The machine learned model takes into account factors including: the age of a review, helpfulness votes by customers and whether the reviews are from verified purchases.

Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. This is one of the most famous books in Japanese literature, and for good reason. It's an in-depth and very personal look at one man's neurosis; it is widely assumed to be Dazai's fictionalized autobiography think of a more antiquated version of Philip K. Dick's VALIS, replacing some of the schizoid delusions and hallucinations with deep despair and depression.

I won't just summarize the book, because Amazon already has a short summary. I will recommend it to anyone who struggles to understand depression, trauma, alcoholism, and suicide. On the flip side, if those things upset or distress you you may not wish to read this. It is an excellent example of how depression can feel, how it breaks a person down, how a man can feel completely useless in society, and how some people can choose to face these things in ways that others don't understand.

It's an important and powerful work both as a look into the psychology of one man and as a cultural touchstone for post-war Japan. Oda, the narrator and stand-in for Dazai himself, is from an aristocratic background and faces all of the pressure and expectations associated with the Japanese high culture.

To complicate this, Oda himself is deeply depressed from a young age and is unable to connect with others or to even develop a sense of humanity. Physically, the copy I received was in great shape, and the build quality is nice.

The cover design is almost violently pink and the pages are a decent weight for a paperback. Bizarrely, the text is set in what appears to be a boldface font for the majority of the book. This may annoy some readers. Overall, I think this is an intriguing and powerful work that would appeal to people interested in historic, personal examples of depression and abnormal psychology or developing a deeper appreciation for Japanese culture through literature.

Kojima Productions Co. Ltd Employee I got both versions. The normal book sized, soft cover with just a drawing on it is well bound and made, The second cheaper with the real mans face warped on the cover as shown in my photos, is a scam on a type of printer paper and just bound togther, false advertising.. Its print paper for anprinter you can buy at your home, with PVA binding. In someone's home I'm sure as it is immaturely bound. The paper feels wrong and it is, its dated with only 1 thing.

And thays creationndate i assjme which was about a week beforeni got it. Don't sell homeade goods here and pass them off as the book, many mispellings and ink drys up in spots. Justnfeels wrong. The cover cost the most amount to make this or PVA glue. Avoid the larger edition. Its a fougaise a fake. This inability and lack of desire to interface with society asks readers to consider what makes us individually human. I especially liked the psychological and introspective aspects of the novel even if the self-destructive spiral was in turns painful to read and sad.

Hiroki is someone tolerated by Yozo for passing his unhappy days in a bottle of gin. This friendship, however, does not last after graduation. However, every relationship ends with a steeper fall into depression and drinking. Finally, I was offered some hope when Yozo encountered the innocent Yoshiko.

Her faith in him is still not enough to brighten his morbid outlook toward humanity. I found his themes of solitude, guilt, and decadence as universal themes. Many times in the novel Yozo questions God and his own existence. There is little symbolism in the novel. The structure is a continuous story told in the first person point of view. It almost reads like a biography of a psychologically disturbed person.

Other than the mention of kimonos and locations in Japan, the story could have taken place anywhere. There were many references to western literature and culture. As for my opinion of the work, I found it unsatisfying until the epilogue. He was so desperate to feel like a human being that most of his actions were in service of someone else. I think this statement hit me so hard because I could apply it to my own life.

I thought this was a good book but parts were a bit hard to follow, not because the content was bad but because I suspect somethings were lost in the translation from Japanese to English. I won't give it three stars for the fault of the translator. This has lead to some interpretations of parts that I don't believe are valid due to awkward English. It's a great book but I would look and see if there are other translations out there, maybe by someone who is actually Japanese.

I'm sure Keene knew his stuff but a newer Japanese translation could do this book some good and give a better understanding if it's done by someone with a better understanding of the culture instead of a Western scholar. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. DPReview Digital Photography.

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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? 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.

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The author Osamu Dazai committed suicide — several times. The first was on a cold December night in , just before his school exams. But the overdose of sleeping pills he took was not enough; he survived, and graduated. The second was in October, , on the barren sands of a beach in Kamakura — this time a double suicide with a young woman he barely knew. Tragically, she drowned, while Dazai was rescued by a passing fishing boat. He went on to marry and began a career as a writer. The third attempt was in the spring of He tried hanging himself from a beam in the mesmerizing stillness of his Tokyo apartment.

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