No Longer Human

No Longer Human

Book - 1973
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Baker & Taylor
A young man describes his torment as he struggles to reconcile the diverse influences of Western culture and the traditions of his own Japanese heritage

Norton Pub
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.
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.

Publisher: New York :, New Directions Publishing Corporation,, 1973
Copyright Date: ©1958
ISBN: 9780811204811
Characteristics: 177 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Keene, Donald - Translator


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