No Longer Human

No Longer Human

Paperback(Revised ed.)

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Overview

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.


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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811204811
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 01/17/1973
Series: New Directions Book.
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 6,531
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 1070L (what's this?)

About the Author

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

Donald Keene is a distinguished translator of Japanese.

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