No Longer Human

Osamu Dazai
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No longer human is one of the most famous novels of contemporary Japanese literature. His controversial and brilliant author, Osamu Dazai, incorporated numerous episodes of his turbulent life into the three notebooks that make up this novel and narrate, in the first person and a stark manner, the progressive decline of Yozo, a young student of provinces who leads a life Dissolute in Tokyo. Repudiated by his family after a suicide attempt and unable to live in harmony with his similar hypocrites, Yozo lives as a cartoonist and subsists thanks to the help of women who fall in love with him despite his alcoholism and morphine addiction.


I can’t even guess myself what it must be to live the life of a human being. I was born in a village in the Northeast, and it wasn’t until I was quite big that I saw my first train. I climbed up and d...

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Osamu Dazai (1909-1948) was a 20th century Japanese novelist.

Donald Keene is a distinguished translator of Japanese.

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