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No Longer Human

No Longer Human (Paperback)

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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.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismFiction & PoetryFiction in translationFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Fiction & PoetryShort stories Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation Publication Date: 17/01/1973 ISBN-13: 9780811204811  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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This novel occupies a place in Japanese literature perhaps akin to The Outsider by Albert Camus in French literature. It was first published in serial form in Japan in 1948 and the last part appeared on 13th June, the day Dazai took his own life. Both the man and his book acted as a guide and a key to help me reach post-war, Occupied Tokyo.

David Peace - 25/07/2013

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