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No Longer Human - I

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No Longer Human - I

人間にんげん失格しっかく


Osamu Dazai

太宰だざい おさむ [1909 - 1948]


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I Prorogue, The First Notebook
II The Second Notebook
III The Third Notebook: Part One
IV The Third Notebook: Part Two, Epilogue

Overcome by an intense feeling of alienation and otherness and finding it nearly impossible to understand those who surround him who live in egoism and bad faith, Oba can't help but resort to buffoonery in order to establish interpersonal relationships. He is abused by a female servant during his childhood, but decides reporting it would be useless. No Longer Human



Osamu Dazai

Osamu Dazai (太宰 治 Dazai Osamu, June 19, 1909 - June 13, 1948) 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 The Setting Sun (Shayo) and No Longer Human (Ningen Shikkaku), are considered modern-day classics in Japan. With a semi-autobiographical style and transparency into his personal life, Dazai's stories have intrigued the minds of many readers.
His influences include Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Murasaki Shikibu and Fyodor Dostoyevsky. While Dazai continues to be widely celebrated in Japan, he remains relatively unknown elsewhere with only a handful of his works available in English. (Osamu Dazai)

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