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.
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    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.

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    Кристина Кайзерhas quoted3 months ago
    Maybe it is the most horrible hellish agony.
    b3167584511has quoted4 hours ago
    the social opinion, not only Halibut, but all people will be very surprised. He dares to demand something. I do not know whether I am “capricious”, or, on the contrary, soft. But one thing is not in doubt: I am a bundle of wickedness and that makes my unhappiness deeper and more hopeless, and nothing can be done.
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    judge, and will probably even sympathise. But my unhappiness is a result of my sinful nature and any resistance is doomed. If I say something against t

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