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人間失格 [Ningen Shikkaku]

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「恥の多い生涯を送ってきました」3枚の奇怪な写真と共に渡された睡眠薬中毒者の手記には、その陰惨な半生が克明に描かれていました。無邪気さを装って周囲をあざむいた少年時代。次々と女性に関わり、自殺未遂をくり返しながら薬物におぼれていくその姿。「人間失格」はまさに太宰治の自伝であり遺書であった。作品完成の1か月後、彼は自らの命を断つ。
Mass Market Paperback, 文庫, 185 pages
Published January 2006 by 新潮社 / Shinchōsha (first published 1947)
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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 to become…moreThis 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).(less)
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Praj
Jul 30, 2015 Praj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: にほん
Behind ballads of an orphaned heart,
Lay poetic trance of a love’s facade.
Dreads the ghostly art within hazy shades,
Human shame in comic masquerades.
Inebriated words coughing in notebooks
Empty sake bottles in curls of smoke,
Vice or virtue, the gullible spirit brags
Diabolical tales of a death mask.
“Everything passes”, cried the blue cradle
Slept, the wings of a fallen angel.

A solitary word blissfully prances from the anxious mind, fears the disintegration of its syllables; the distorted enunciation
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Paquita Maria Sanchez
Those days where you wake up with your head in a fog and your body feeling like it's covered in bricks that you have to dig your way out of, and your leg is asleep so you trip getting out of bed, and you're late for work so of course the traffic's bad leading you to road-rage across lanes accelerating then braking back and forth again while muttering to yourself about how stupid everyone is and you're so glad it's Sunday in their fucking world because all the drivers are 90 years old and frail w ...more
Clark
Feb 22, 2013 Clark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: made-ups
I spent like three years just crazy depressed. Grim thoughts all the time, super self destructive, at once alienating and distributing "cries for help" or whatever you wanna call it... sheesh, man. It was so fucked. I'm really glad I got out of that frame of mind and I hope I never go back. No Longer Human was something I read toward the end of that phase. I probably would have been okay anyway, but this shit helped a ton. Dazai totally nails the impossibly bummed out mindset without being corny ...more
Florencia
Aug 29, 2016 Florencia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I wouldn't know.
Shelves: favorites, japanese
LXXXV
They say that “time assuages”,—
Time never did assuage;
An actual suffering strengthens,
As sinews do, with age.

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: Time and Eternity, The Complete Poems

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Everything passes. (169)

A gentle breeze brushes the branches of luxuriant trees brimming with cherry blossoms which surround the quaint park bench I chose as my reading spot. A diaphanous cloud softly attached to the sun, crea
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Mariel
Apr 19, 2011 Mariel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I am terrified
Recommended to Mariel by: the stupid, the proud
No Longer Human... Yozo believes halfheartedly (it doesn't beat strongly enough to be whole) himself to be an outcast. He feels nothing in himself to connect himself to himself, let alone others. I have to say that I didn't feel he was different from other people. All along I was disregarding the not being human parts. It wasn't different to feel behind blank walls, a gravity for numbness and not having to think. I kinda think (aha!) one has to know themselves a bit before they can begin expandi ...more
Szplug
Apr 18, 2011 Szplug rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the very beginning of No Longer Human, Dazai lays out his narrator's plight in clear, stark terms:

Although I had a mortal dread of human beings I seemed quite unable to renounce their society. I managed to maintain on the surface a smile which never deserted my lips; this was the accommodation I offered to others, a most precarious achievement performed by me only at the cost of excruciating efforts within.

The narrator, Yozo, born into a wealthy political family in rural northeastern Japan, h
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Jeremy
Jul 19, 2014 Jeremy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What is it with young men in so much Japanese literature? Whether it's Murakami, Mishima, Soseki, or Dezai they always come across as either lonely, shut-off or damaged (or some combination of the three). Yozo feels about as radically alienated from the world as any character could be. Even bitchy little Holden Caulfield never carried half as much angst as the main character in No Longer Human seems to have. And the loneliness he feels is all the more painful because of how deeply internalized i ...more
Horace Derwent
Aug 24, 2016 Horace Derwent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this one, is just another motherfucker for me when i crusade in the holyland on one certain day

i can see why most of the japanese parents don't want their kids to read this book

here's one part of my review:

i am sorry for being a human

i need booze, i need drugs, i need pussies, but i can quit them all at any time when i just need death

i don't need love, i don't need pride, i don't need duty, but it seems i am them all, cuz these are simply the evidence of living a life

however, what is a man, a hu
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Yann
Apr 29, 2015 Yann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japon, biographie, fiction


Le titre de ce roman de Osamu Dazaï, un auteur japonais de la première moitié du XXème siècle, résume parfaitement son intrigue : celle d’un narrateur qui, quoique issu d’un milieu privilégié, va de Charybde en Scylla, entraîné sur la mauvaise pente par une nature singulièrement pusillanime, résignée, et sous l’empire de stupéfiants de plus en plus violents. Mais il semble que ce roman soit une sorte d’autobiographie, dans la mesure où presque toutes les circonstances relatées dans le roman conc
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Ben Loory
the opening of this book, which is a description of three photographs taken of a man over the course of his life, is one of the most best and disturbing things i've ever read. just an absolutely thrilling beginning. the rest of the book doesn't quite live up to it, although it often comes close. it feels a lot like The Stranger or Notes from Underground. i only wish it built more instead of kind of petering out.
Gertrude & Victoria
I consider this book to be the bible for the disaffected artist. No Longer Human was the final novel written by Dazai Osamu. It is also his magnum opus and a true-to-life representation of the restless and tormented spirit that Dazai was. This work could be taken, at least to a certain extent, as an autobiographical account of the writer himself.

Oba the main character recognizes, from early childhood, his place in the world, which is no place, neither here nor there. He feels pangs of alienation
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Moureco
Jun 29, 2015 Moureco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muito, muito bom! O interior de um homem morto para a humanidade dos outros, muito consciente da sua própria ausência de humanidade e capacidade de empatizar e ser digno. Dito de outra forma: um homem que apenas 'é', apenas vive, tenta ser o que os outros esperam que seja sempre sem sucesso, nada faz, nada consegue porque para nada tem vontade a não ser aniquilar-se, anulando-se mais e mais até à abjecção completa e à morte.
Impressionante! Lê-se com um constante nó no estômago.
Belle
Feb 05, 2016 Belle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers who like suicidal memoir and depressing fiction
After reading a brief synopsis, I never thought I'd be able to finish this book without weeping at least once. Surprisingly enough, I read through the entire book without shedding a single tear but I ended up feeling extremely depressed from a debilitating ache in my chest. If you are someone who struggles with alienation, depression and habitual dread of human being then this book will impose itself on your mind/existence and offer you an immense sense of comfort and belonging. I read this book ...more
João Carlos
Jul 01, 2015 João Carlos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: l2015

Osamu Dazai (1909 - 1948)

“Não-Humano” é um romance escrito pelo japonês Osamu Dazai (1909 - 1948) publicado originalmente em 1948.
O texto da contracapa interior da edição da “Cavalo de Ferro” refere que: “Osamu Dazai é considerado um dos mais importantes escritores japoneses do século XX. De origens aristocráticas, mas de espírito rebelde, dedicou-se à actividade política, ingressando em movimentos de esquerda, sem nunca porém conseguir integrar-se ou partilhar plenamente dos seus ideais. Ating
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Alex V.
Apr 08, 2011 Alex V. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No Longer Human is brutal, and about as accurate a portrait of the skewing effects the twin corrupters of narcissism and depression can have on a life. The narrator, based closely on Dazai's own life, is insufferable, not only to those around him but to himself and yet like a corrosive fog, he consumes everyone and everything with whom he comes in contact.

Anyone blessed enough to not have depression in them will likely not find much to like in this book, but for the rest of us, Dazai is brave/h
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thím Tô
Jan 25, 2016 thím Tô rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thất lạc cõi người là một cuốn sách dành cho những kẻ không biết cách tha thứ cho bản thân mình trong cuộc đời và trước lương tâm của anh ta. Phải tha thứ thì ta mới có thể sống tiếp & sống tốt.
Thuở còn trẻ dại còn chưa biết tự vấn bản thân, tôi đọc Thất lạc cõi người và nghĩ "Cái mớ này cũng được gọi là tiểu thuyết á?" - tôi thấy nó chả hơn nhật ký của một đứa vị thành niên/thanh nhiên ăn hại nào đó là bao (giống Bắt trẻ đồng xanh, nhưng dễ đọc hơn). Sau này, khi đã tìm thấy nhiều điều để d
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Hadrian
Oct 07, 2011 Hadrian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asian, fiction, japan
This is a remarkable book. Loneliness and suicide, but with a new look. Sparse and moving words.
Anastasia Antonova
Aug 10, 2016 Anastasia Antonova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Как жаль что эта книга не попалась мне в руки, когда я была подростком. Помогла бы избежать многих ошибок и траты нервов.
Это - Исповедь неполноценного человека. Человека, боявшегося социума, не имеющего собственной воли и способности говорить "нет" когда это необходимо. Сказание о том, к чему все это его привело. Это повесть о том, как часто ломают нам жизнь "взрослые", со своими играми слов и намеками, не способные сказать в лицо нужные нам вещи. Это загубило жизни многих молодых жизней, как н
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Jonfaith
Sep 16, 2012 Jonfaith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nippon
The quiddity of No Longer Human was a game of antonyms. I found the novel heartbreaking because of the protagonist’s clarity; this isn’t a ready world for such vision.
Mark
Apr 08, 2008 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i read this and automatically thought the stranger but while i hated the stranger i absolutely loved this.
Andrew
Dazai, you are one morose motherfucker. It's too easy to call him a Japanese De Quincey, a Japanese Wertherian hero, or some such thing. He's nothing of the sort. I imagine that lots of mopey middle class Japanese kids hold this book as tight as we held our copies of Catcher in the Rye and The Bell Jar, but unlike those other two books, you have the sense in No Longer Human that it's not only one person collapsing, but a whole civilization. And yet there's no melodrama. It is as terse and dark a ...more
Stian
Jul 03, 2015 Stian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, owned-books
Fails to deliver and didn't captivate me at all; didn't draw me in in any serious way either. Time passes, and things happen, but I feel like there's no reason for me to care. I don't feel anything reading this, and that's odd considering the topics dealt with. 177 pages blow by and leave no mark or trace at all. There are beautiful passages here, to be sure, but the book is, in my opinion, largely forgettable.
Ursa
Trước tiên, bắt giò linh tinh. Nói đến văn học & nghệ thuật đương đại của Nhật Bản, thường ta sẽ nghĩ ngay đến sự dung dị và tối giản. Bản thân dịch giả Hoàng Long ngay từ phần giới thiệu cũng khẳng định rằng văn phong của Dazai Osamu “chân thành, không lên gân giả tạo”. Nhưng cái bìa của tái bản I lại khá rườm rà với những họa tiết lẫn màu sắc rất chi là Art Nouveau, còn ý tưởng bìa không biết là vay mượn từ meme “glasscase of emotion” tràn lan trên mạng XH, hay là từ bức hình On Display (1 ...more
Lalarme23
May 05, 2015 Lalarme23 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nhân Gian Thất Cách (Mất tư cách làm người) hay còn có tên tiếng Việt khác là Thất lạc cõi người, một cái tựa sách thật hay, buồn và gợi hiện sinh về một nhân vật hoàn toàn lạc lõng trong kiếp sống làm người của mình. Quả vậy, tìm cách chết nhiều lần không thể chết, sống với sự hoang phế của tâm hồn, dặt vờ của thể xác. Khi có ý thức đã nhận ra mình không thuộc về cuộc sống bình thường, phải mang cái mặt nạ của chú hề, cười, đùa với nhân gian với những nỗi sợ nguyên sơ bị phát hiện, bị lật tẩy, ...more
Viji Sarath (Bookish endeavors)
Reading it as a common man..

I guess I feel indifferent. Or rather,a bit sad. I said 'grow up' many times since I started reading the novel. Everytime Yozo falls into a blunder,I felt anger rather than sadness. It's not as if he is lacking something,is it.?
He had enough brains to understand things and he chose to remain sad rather than happy. It's not as if somebody stopped him from being happy. His conditions were not pathetic in terms of money or social condition or education. He could've prog
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Ben Hourigan
Oct 30, 2011 Ben Hourigan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recently I've been wrapping up my first novel, Kiss Me Genius Boy. It's the first in a series of probably three parts, called No More Dreams, and I've started to pass it around. My friend Alice recently read a version which starts with the protagonist inhabiting a squalid apartment, failing at his PhD and despairing at having found himself on the outskirts of life, and she told me that my writing reminded her of Osamu Dazai.

It's been a long time since I encountered Dazai, through the translation
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Steffanie
Jul 01, 2011 Steffanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in just a couple of days. It could probably be read in one lazy afternoon. I read it, expressionless. I finished it without wincing or panicking. And then when I closed the book, I burst into tears.

The book is basically five chapters. The middle three resemble memoirs. They are written by the self-proclaimed non-human, and main character: Yozo. The first and the last chapter are written by a man that found the memoirs ten years after their completion.

Yozo not only feels aliena
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Mohammed Samih
Mr.Dazai
This is not a review its only a shout-out.
It's been almost two years since I had the privilege of finding your book and read it.
I would gladly mention that I had never came across a book that touched me and reach the point where my soul lays the same way this book did.
And though I found some good books and way much higher class of literature I still believe that No Longer Human is the best novel ever written.
Thank you now and forever.
A no longer human :)
Jiaxi
May 07, 2012 Jiaxi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's brilliant. When I finished the book, I wanted to commit suicide with him.
The greatest writers are the ones who have the brave to face who he/she is, to tell their true feelings and what they have been through. I understand that stories are stories, they are inspired by many things, they're not the real stories, however, I couldn't treat it as a story, but I was reading a person.
David
May 14, 2012 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: big-red-circle
Weird youngest son on a mission to protect, hide, be somebody else and escape. There's a great scene when he simply has no idea what to say when asked what he would like as a gift. He can't even bring himself to agree to his Dad's suggestions.
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Osamu DAZAI (太宰 治) was the pen name of Shūji Tsushima. Although his father wanted him to be a politician, he insisted on being an author. When he applied to the Tokyo University French Literature Department, he was 20 years old. For most of his lifetime, he was a drug addict, an alcoholic and a sufferer of tubercolosis.

His last book Ningen Shikkaku (No Longer Human)(1948) is an authobiography. It
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“I am convinced that human life is filled with many pure, happy, serene examples of insincerity, truly splendid of their kind-of people deceiving one another without (strangely enough) any wounds being inflicted, of people who seem unaware even that they are deceiving one another.” 185 likes
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