Everything passes. And the title was intriguing as well — No Longer Human, what does that mean, I wondered. Now, after finally reading this brilliant book, I can say without exaggeration that I consider it one of my favourite books ever!!! The book begins with an unnamed narrator finding three photos and three notebooks written by Oba Yozo, which follow his decline from a student, to an morphine addict. It tells the story of his moral, physical and emotional degradation, and downfall into the shady life of crime, suicides, prostitutes, alcohol and morphine. Not everyone can find their Sonia — a gentle, selfless, angel-like creature, like Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment , to save them.
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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.
Other books in this series. No Longer Human Osamu Dazai. Add to basket. 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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No Longer Human
The author Osamu Dazai committed suicide — several times. The first was on a cold December night in , just before his school exams. But the overdose of sleeping pills he took was not enough; he survived, and graduated. The second was in October, , on the barren sands of a beach in Kamakura — this time a double suicide with a young woman he barely knew.
Black Illumination: the disqualified life of Osamu Dazai
The Italian translation was titled Lo squalificato , The Disqualified. The novel, narrated in first person , contains several elements which portray an autobiographical basis, such as suicide, a recurring theme in the author's life. Many believe the book to have been his will , as Dazai took his own life shortly after the last part of the book which had appeared in serial form was published. As of January 1, , the book is in the public domain. Ningen Shikkaku was adapted to film in , the th anniversary of Dazai's birth. The film was directed by Genjiro Arato , the producer responsible for the award-winning Zigeunerweisen in
No Longer Human [Paperback]
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