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No Longer Human

Dazai, Osamu (Author)
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Publication Date: 17 January 1973
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-10: 0811204812

ISBN-13: 9780811204811

Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation       

Language: English

Age Range: NA - NA years

Grade Level: NA - NA

Paperback: 176 Pages

Product Dimension (L x W x H): 20.29 x 13.34 x 1.32 CM

Shipping Weight: 0.20 Kg

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2 customer reviews  Between 3−4 stars rating,  30 January 2019
Beautifully Written Philosophical Novella
By: Widyanto Gunadi

Osamu Dazai's sleek novel, No Longer Human, details the life of a man named Oba Yozo, whose parents were so busy that they didn't have much time to invest in loving him when he was a boy. Being naturally quiet and reserved, he then grew to despise the humans. Veneering his disgust for mankind, he lived his life by becoming a clown, a term he used to call his other self which he created in order to get by his bleak and loveless days, until one day he ended up being placed in a mental asylum to rehabilitate for his suicidal tendencies. It was during this grueling trice of his life that Dazai-san drafted the book, which was compiled from the pieces of his subjective journal entries and then arranged, into a tightly knit foursquare story. Wherefore, in a passably arresting way, the book was also a semi-biographical account, with Oba Yozo being the adequately faithful portrayal of the author himself. Taken at the face value, this novel with its gloomy premise, may not be educational or invigorating to read. However, upon a complete and an in-depth meditation on the true aspiration of the writing done in this book in its entirety, I come to learn that Dazai-san might eventually try to unravel what lurks beneath every heart of man: the dark, animalistic, and egotistical drives to be the only one human being reigning supreme in the society. As an art form, this novel is very refreshingly dogmatic and may give its readers a newly found insight and questions worth pondering on what it really means to be a true human being, whose life in this world is creeping away so fast like unflinching shadows towards its inevitable death, that was barely even traceable.

2 customer reviews  Between 4−5 stars rating,  27 April 2017
No Longer Human
By: Irvina Nurina Listyarini

untuk buku ini, dari sinopsis dan isi buku sangat menarik; dari tingkat ketebalan buku, tidak terlalu tebal dan asik dibawa kemana-mana; untuk bagian sampul buku, agak terasa rapuh(jadi harus ekstra hati-hati saat menyimpan) karena bahannya hanya kertas yang agak lebih tebal dari kertas isi; sampulnya tidak mengkilap dan tidak ada tulisan yang timbul, membuatnya lebih menarik.

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