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Osamu Dazai

No Longer Human (Confessions of a Faulty Man)

No Longer Human (1948, Ningen Shikkaku / A Shameful Life/ Confessions of a Faulty Man) was an attack on the traditions of Japan, capturing the postwar crisis of Japanese cultural identity. Framed by an epilogue and prologue, the story is told in the form three notebooks left by Ōba Yōzō, whose calm exterior hides his tormented soul. Osamu DAZAI was a Japanese author who is considered one of the foremost fiction writers of 20th-century Japan. A number of his most popular works, such as Shayō (The Setting Sun) and Ningen Shikkaku (No Longer Human), are considered modern-day classics in Japan. Japanese novelist and a master storyteller, who became at the end of World War II the literary voice and literary hero of his generation. Dazai's life ended in double-suicide with his married mistress. In many books Dazai used biographical material from his own family background, and made his self-destructive life the subject of his books.
103 printed pages
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  • b7454813879shared an impression3 years ago
    👍Worth reading

    I've always believed that society does not pay enough attention to mental health. Edzo is a good example of it. Mothers claim to know their child but then they go ahead and commit suicide or do other self harming things...We live in a world where people will never truly understand each other and that's really tragic but the least we can do is try to take care of our loved ones to prevent them from ending like this.

  • Tenkoishared an impression8 months ago
    👍Worth reading

    This book is very entertaining I love it 🥰

  • Kimberly Ticonashared an impression9 months ago
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  • Nadia Garkushahas quoted2 years ago
    I was worried that people would find out my inmost nature and I did not want to be warned against anything. I was also afraid that people would not see me in the portrait, and consider it another whim of a buffoon, that it would only make everybody laugh and that would be the worst thing.
  • Aviihas quotedlast year
    my whole life consisted of embarrassment.
  • Aviihas quotedlast year
    I used the word “ugly” just now, but there are people who cannot tell the difference between ugliness and beauty

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