No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Osamu Dazai’s “No Longer Human” comprises a series of three fictionalized notebooks, with each increasingly darker than the last. Portraying himself as a failure, the protagonist of Osamu Dazai’s No Longer Human narrates a seemingly normal life even while he feels.

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Sadece bu olmasa gerek. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai. Donald Keene Translator; Introduction. Lonher Dazai’s No Longer Humanthis leading postwar Japanese writer’s second novel, tells the poignant and fascinating story of a young man who is caught between the breakup of dazak traditions of a northern Japanese aristocratic family and the impact of Western ideas.

In consequence, he feels himself “disqualified from being human” a literal translation of the Japanese tit Osamu Dazai’s No Longer Humanthis leading postwar Japanese writer’s second novel, tells the poignant and fascinating story of a young man who is caught between the breakup of the traditions longerr a northern Japanese aristocratic family and the impact of Western ideas. In consequence, he feels himself “disqualified from being human” a literal translation of the Japanese title.

Donald Keene, who translated this and Dazai’s first novel, The Setting Sunhas said of the author’s work: A Dazai novel is guman once immediately intelligible in Western terms and quite unlike any Western book.


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Why do you think this book ranks as one of the most important books ever written in Japanese literature? Damien Zehnder This is not a book that many people can relate to. Which makes me think that it can only be popular in Japan if some tragedy drove people dazqi become …more This is not a book that many people can relate to. Which makes me think that it can only be popular in Japan if some tragedy drove people to become broken like the protagonist.

So in conclusion I think it became popular because the timing was right regarding the war most likely the war but maybe some economic depression or something. See all 4 questions about No Longer Human….

Lists with This Book. Time is a test of trouble, But not a remedy. If such it prove, it prove too There was no malady. Emily Dickinson, Part Four: A diaphanous cloud softly attached to the sun creates the sensation of being part of a watercolor painting bound to become the antithesis of an actual winter day.

Away from the bustle of an anonymous city, from the thoughts that keep accumulating after roaming awkwardly around the mind, trying to repress relentless pangs of sadness. The only sound I would like to hear is the one pages make as they silently turn in order to unfold this heartrending story; one page after the other, reverberating through the Gardens, ensuring the quietude which, by virtue of a book’s mere presence, clears my mind completely.

If only for a few hours. Or numan the briefest minute unable to last sixty wretched seconds. I wonder if I have actually been happy. No Longer Humanpublished inis a timeless piece of writing that portrays the sense of isolation of Oba Yozo, a confused child who became a troubled man; vazai, a deceitful person unable to show his true nature to most people, a man disqualified as a human being.

The book is mostly composed of three memoranda; the last one is divided into two parts. Dazai interwove significant personal experiences into his writing; it was somewhat striking to identify those autobiographical aspects as I read our tormented protagonist’s story.


The first memorandum is about Yozo’s childhood. From an early age, he felt overwhelmed by a profound sense of alienation, which was increased by the presence of his overbearing father. In the end, incapable of understanding human beings, confused by their selfishness and artificial personalities, he steps into the world and becomes another unauthentic person, begetting the perception of having a jocose and amusing manner in the eyes of people around him.

In his mind, such farce was the only way hmuan could find to face the creatures he feared the most: As these attempts take place, he ends up harboring a feeling many of us are familiar with but, in another display of egotism triggered by human condition, perhaps the limitations of our surroundings, we tend to think we are the only ones feeling that way.

All I feel are the assaults of apprehension and terror dzai the thought that I am the only who is entirely unlike the rest. It is almost impossible for me to converse with other people. What should I talk about, how should I say it? I could connect with some of Yozo’s reflections, naturally. I am not someone who immediately trusts in people, especially after many close encounters with disappointment. In that sense, I understood completely the character’s reasons for keeping his agonies locked in his chest, imbued with a persistent sense of mistrust.

Nevertheless, I could never endorse his absolute insincerity towards everybody. It is impossible not to take this book to everyday life; how daza it must be to interact with someone so irrationally fearful and indecisive, unwilling to respond when another person tries to reach out, incapable of seeing his ability to actually love.

Yozo’s feigned emotions, which culminated with the perfect role of the farcical eccentricsomehow shielded the people who cared about him from his recurrent fears, though the element he chose to protect himself and them, who knows was deception. The second memorandum is mostly about the continuation of Yozo’s self-destructive behavior, which by then included excessive drinking, smoking and many encounters with prostitutes to whom he dedicates some degrading observations.

Until he finds a dazau who makes him feel, for the first time, as if he had freed himself from fear and uneasiness.

He didn’t feel the need to hide his gloomy disposition. Unfortunately, things rapidly started to go awry. The weak fear happiness itself. Even though he had many love affairs, one thing did not change: The seemingly cogent arguments and plausible excuses to justify his actions are infinite.

In any case, the results were indelible wounds and irreparable consequences. You’re so sensitive—more’s the sazai for you. At one point, the humiliation of not being np to provide for a woman was insufferable; the humzn straw that culminated in another mistake. The third memorandum chronicles the protagonist’s late twenties. Several ambivalent feelings arise from reading about a character such as Yozo. I was able to dazak some of his fears and his genuine sense of alienation, though other times I saw him as an inconsiderate man who epitomized cruelty and selfishness.

After a life of lying to himself and to others, Yozo chooses to write about his miseries and atrocious acts without a shred of falseness. Without resorting to any sentimentality — in contrast to his entire existence, his notebooks do not try to please anyone — he tells his story without engaging in unavailing circumlocution, elegantly gliding to the brink of brutal honesty as he circumvents every rule of an ostensibly civilized world.

Despite the stark writing style which predominated in the lomger, Dazai endowed it with not only plentiful profound meditations which may resonate with many readers around the globe, but with an exquisite language reminiscent of wistful fragments of poetry written in some bleak hotel room. There is no rhapsody of praise to nature, no writer simply extolling np virtues of silence.

This novel is a one-way ticket to a person’s psyche.

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Indubitably, a memorable journey since Dazai’s words might linger in the vicinity of one’s mind for far too long. There are all kinds of unhappy people in this world. I suppose it would be no exaggeration to say that the world is composed entirely of unhappy people.


But those people can fight their unhappiness with society fairly and squarely, and society for its part easily understands and sympathizes with such struggles. My unhappiness stemmed entirely from my own vices, and I had no way of fighting anybody Am I what they call and egoist? Or am I the opposite, a man of excessively weak spirit? I really don’t know myself, but since I seem in either case to be a mass of vices, I drop steadily, inevitably, into unhappiness, and I have no specific plan to stave off my descent.

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Selfishness or a weak spirit. I am not in the position to ascertain to which of those personalities Yozo belongs. Recently, I stumbled upon a quote by Jane Austen which can be found in her novel Mansfield Park that makes me ponder his situation, humwn it states the following: We all carry within us some degree of egoism — in fact, it can be seen as another defense mechanism regarding the protection of one’s heart; I should know. But of course, some humans are replete with it.

So much so that sometimes they might seem incapable of feeling pain, as they might do everything in their power to avoid it, regardless of the pain they are inflicting on others.

To me, Yozo’s case is somewhat paradigmatic; he relied on his antics to deceive people — and thereby being able to deal with them — instead of turning to superficially veracious words he never meant to say or a perpetual pusillanimous silence.

Either way, Yozo suffers; he is not a pretender who thinks that being unable to fit into society is ni that makes him special. It makes him truly unhappy. However, fighting for our existence is dszai not impossible; as a matter of fact, it is a more reasonable plan than sitting comfortably, feeling miserable and just waiting for the world’s gaping maw to tear us apart. The one thing I must avoid is becoming offensive in their eyes: I shall be nothing, the wind, the sky.

The idealistic within me, breathing optimism and naivety daily, will claim that there is.

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The cynical within me, a little bruised due to some unpleasant experiences in life, will guarantee that, in reality, there is no remedy for such unfortunate malady. Despite this state of uncertainty, I agree with the first part of Austen’s statement; we should forgive.

As Dickinson’s poem continues to echo in my head, the thought that time alone doesn’t heal all wounds resounds just as much; indeed, it is what we do with that time that may alleviate certain symptoms.

Forgiveness is an active way to deal with anything that once caused a small cut or unfathomable pain. It is not only part of a process which is essential to avoid hardening one’s heart, it is also a humane way to treat others, even those whose actions leave a bittersweet aftertaste. Even if I am not forgiven. Not that the world needs my foolish perspectives in the form of endless paragraphs of little merit, of course, but I for one choose to forgive, and that decision is made taking into consideration, among other things, the possibility that such cure, in fact, does not exist.

I wouldn’t want to magnify the weight of the cross that some people have to carry around, for the absence of said remedy might be already too harsh a punishment.