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Osamu Dazai (1909–1948)

Author of No Longer Human

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About the Author

Born into a near-aristocratic family whose declining world he depicts in The Setting Sun (1947), Dazai had the means to become an accomplished dilettante and rake. Around 1933 he began to think seriously about writing, but his life was complicated by drug addiction, a string of affairs, and two show more attempts at suicide. The end of the war brought a change in Dazai, and he produced his finest works, even though his own life was ending because of alcoholism and tuberculosis. The darkness of his works reveals his tortured existence, which he ended by suicide. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Osamu Dazai

No Longer Human (1948) 2,557 copies, 44 reviews
The Setting Sun (1947) 980 copies, 13 reviews
Schoolgirl (1939) 262 copies, 7 reviews
Blue Bamboo: Tales by Dazai Osamu (1993) 201 copies, 2 reviews
Self Portraits (1991) 101 copies
Crackling Mountain and Other Stories (1945) 101 copies, 1 review
The Flowers of Buffoonery (1935) 100 copies, 3 reviews
Run, Melos! (1984) 60 copies
Early Light (2022) 38 copies
Pandora's Box (1973) 28 copies
Villon's Wife (1947) 18 copies, 2 reviews
One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji (1998) 15 copies, 1 review
Later Years (1997) 13 copies
Farewell (1989) 11 copies
Eight Scenes of Tokyo (2012) 10 copies, 1 review
New Hamlet (1974) 8 copies
Repudiados (2016) 5 copies
Roman Lantern (1983) 5 copies
La Déchéance d'un Homme T01 (2021) — Contributor — 5 copies
Word of Araki (1982) 4 copies
Twentieth Century Standard-Bearer (2003) 4 copies, 1 review
Recuerdos (2015) 4 copies
Grasshopper (1974) 4 copies
Cuentos de cabecera (1900) 3 copies, 1 review
もの思う葦 (2002) 2 copies
No Longer Human [manga] (2007) 2 copies
Nečovjek (2023) 2 copies
奇想と微笑 (2009) 2 copies
太宰治全集. 1 (1988) 2 copies
Günün İlk Işıkları (2022) 2 copies
December 8th 1 copy
正義と微笑 (2009) 1 copy
海 [Umi] 1 copy
Izopstenik (2022) 1 copy
Nữ sinh 1 copy
Tà Dương 1 copy
Mulheres 1 copy
Owoce wiśni 1 copy
Tsugaru Communication (2004) 1 copy
Alte Freunde (2017) 1 copy
Waiting 1 copy
Soytarı Çiçekleri (2023) 1 copy

Associated Works

No Longer Human (2019) — Original novel — 480 copies, 8 reviews
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventh Annual Collection (1994) — Contributor — 257 copies, 2 reviews
The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories (1997) — Contributor — 231 copies, 4 reviews
Modern Japanese Stories: An Anthology (1962) — Contributor — 165 copies, 2 reviews
No Longer Human, Volume 1 (2009) — Original story — 65 copies, 4 reviews
No Longer Human, Volume 2 (2010) — Original story — 52 copies, 3 reviews
No Longer Human, Volume 3 (2011) — Original story — 45 copies, 1 review
Japans verhaal elf moderne Japanse verhalen (1983) — Contributor — 8 copies


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This book is really boring. I know that No Longer Human is very personal to Osamu Dazai, but that doesn't mean I have to like it. I understand why Yozo acts the way he does and what the book goes for, but I think that it could have been done better. Would have worked as a short story.
CoffeeAndRamune | 43 other reviews | Jul 9, 2024 |
The diaries of the declining aristocracy in the aftermath of WW2 in Japan, exemplified by the moral and material transformation of a country and the emotional journey of its characters. A masterpiece from a troubled author
Goyave | 12 other reviews | Jul 7, 2024 |

This book was simply amazing, truly wonderful and impactful. Better than I can properly describe. I just started reading it out of curiosity one night and ended up reading 70% of it in just one sitting, I finished the rest in the following morning.

The story in itself is pretty simple. It's a man stumbling his way through life, suffering from what I can only describe as crippling social anxiety and abuse and the way these things change and shape him. It's pretty clearly autobiographical to some degree, but I won't go much into it since I don't know much from the author himself.

The story in itself feels like a character study. Everything revolves around the main character, of course, and, since it's in first person and deals with very personal feelings you end up understanding him better than he can understand himself. Most of all, he's a victim of his own mind and the sexual abuse he suffers as a child. Most of people focus just on that, and that's okay. But for me there's more stuff that's worthy to mention. First of all, he's also somewhat of a villain at certain times. Sure, he's a victim of circumstance, but many times he just takes advantage of people and I'm not even sure if he notices what he's doing. Besides that, it's very interesting how much he's scared of other people. There's a certain point where, when talking to his then infant step-daughter, a mere innocent phrase from her can send him into pure despair, seeing her as someone who is also dangerous.

All in all, to keep it short, it's an amazing story. I would not reccomend it to many people due to the very somber and depressing nature of it, but if you're up for it, be sure to give it a shot.
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tuskactfour | 43 other reviews | Jun 26, 2024 |
A harrowing book that over analyzes a simple man. So much weight is put upon a useless human being and he is almost glorified. Really he didnt know much about what it is to live and be human and therefore he wasnt. I love the scenes about his lover.
chip1o1 | 43 other reviews | May 23, 2024 |



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