No Longer Human
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No Longer Human

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 135 x 203 x 18mm | 209g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0811204812
  • 9780811204811
  • 1,833

Back cover copy

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.
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Review quote

Dazai offers something permanent and beautiful.--The New York Times Book Review
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Rating details

14,652 ratings
4.09 out of 5 stars
5 38% (5,579)
4 39% (5,720)
3 18% (2,597)
2 4% (615)
1 1% (141)
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