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The war is over. Japan is defeated. As his country rebuilds, a young man must fight disease and rebuild his life. He will start at a peculiar sanatorium, where everyone gets a nickname, and where he is surrounded by an odd assortment of patients and caregivers.
Paperback, 120 pages
Published May 16th 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published October 1944)
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Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan, favorites
This book sums up why I really love ambiguity. My mind loves to make connections from the bits and pieces thrown at us and I find that Japanese writing allows for this to happen to its full extent. It’s part of the style to leave much in the nature of what’s said and to leave it to the reader to pick up clues from actions, words, and thoughts. After reading Pandora’s Box, I was left with many questions (which is usually a good sign) and turned to my friend in order to have a partner in crime as ...more
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no one:
Hibari: tôi bật khóc bằng chất giọng thiên thần vô cùng kỳ diệu (!!)

tuy nhớ là Dazai vẫn luôn có chút hài hước nhưng không nhớ là có tửng tửng đến thế này không :-?
đọc cười sml mấy chập
quả nhiên Dazai viết nhân vật nữ hay, dù là qua lăng kính tâm lý của cái anh chàng nhân vật chính chán phát chết, mấy chị trợ lý ở viện điều dưỡng đáng yêu ghê, còn mấy anh “học viên” thì sao cũng được
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really, really enjoyed this book. While the structure can take a bit of getting used to, once I did the story flowed effortlessly and lyrically from the page. This I have come to expect of Dazai's beautiful writing.

I love the satire and dark questioning found in Dazai's later works and was glad to see they were still embedded deeply within this one too. Still there was a hope in this work that you don't find in Dazai's more well known works of No Longer Human and The Setting Sun. It shows a
Feb 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't a bad book, it is just comparing it to the other Dazai works, for me, it was the least interesting. Though the ending made the experience a bit better, it was a hollow read? I felt nothing, sadly.
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1900-1949, japanese
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Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2017.01.03: Fecha de lectura aproximada. Lo empecé por primera vez en marzo de 2007, pero no lo terminé.


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Osamu DAZAI (太宰 治, real name Shūji TSUSHIMA) was a Japanese author who is considered one of the foremost fiction writers of 20th-century Japan. A number of his most popular works, such as Shayō (The Setting Sun) and Ningen Shikkaku (No Longer Human), are considered modern-day classics in Japan.
With a semi-autobiographical style and transparency into his personal life, Dazai’s stories have
“Haven’t we known for a long time that it’s a mistake to attach meaning to each and every action of a person? Forced explanations often end in a distortion of lies.” 2 likes
“Despair is impossible in humans. They often are deceived by hope, but are also deceived by the notion of despair.” 1 likes
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