No Longer Human

No Longer Human

Paperback New Directions Book.

By (author) Osamu Dazai

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  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 200mm x 16mm | 220g
  • Publication date: 1 June 1973
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0811204812
  • ISBN 13: 9780811204811
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Sales rank: 6,393

Product description

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.

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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.