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Osamu Dazai

Osamu Dazai was a significant Japanese author whose work explored the human condition and the struggles of post-World War II Japan. His most notable work is the novel "No Longer Human" (Ningen Shikkaku in Japanese, 1948), a semi-autobiographical account of Dazai's struggles with depression and alienation.

Osamu Dazai (太宰 治) was the pen name of Shūji Tsushima.

Osamu Dazai was born in Kanagi, Aomori Prefecture. He grew up in a wealthy family and attended prestigious schools before dropping out to pursue a writing career. Although his father wanted him to be a politician, at age 20, he applied to the Tokyo University French Literature Department.

For most of his lifetime, he was a drug addict, an alcoholic, and a tuberculosis sufferer.

Dazai's early works reflected his personal struggles with mental health and addiction, including his 1940 novel The Setting Sun, which focused on the downfall of a noble family in the aftermath of World War II.

His later works, the collection of short stories The Otogizoshi (1945) and the novel No Longer Human (1948), cemented his legacy as one of Japan's greatest writers.

No Longer Human was his last book. It documents his childhood, university years, and the time in which he acquires tuberculosis in detail. The novel has been translated into many languages and has become a classic of Japanese literature, inspiring countless adaptations, including films, television dramas, and manga.

No Longer Human still resonates with readers worldwide as it explores universal themes such as identity, belonging, and the search for meaning in life.

Osamu Dazai died by suicide on June 13, 1948, along with his lover Tomie Yamazaki, by drowning in the Tamagawa Canal in Tokyo.
leveår: 19 juni 1909 13 juni 1948



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my whole life consisted of embarrassment.
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Mine has been a life of much shame.

I can’t even guess myself what it must be to live the life of a human being.
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I used the word “ugly” just now, but there are people who cannot tell the difference between ugliness and beauty


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It focuses on the mentality of the main character and it's interesting to see. Even though I'm giving it 3 stars, I believe this book is definitely worth a read, especially if you like to read about how people think and act after some traumatic situations happens to them. It can be relatable. Some thoughts were very close to what I thought when I was younger and even what I feel like now.

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    Totally worth it... if you want to be miserable for the rest of your life 😀

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    This book was beautiful, I thought the writing was atleast for me a bit hard to understand but I think at the end it had all just came together and was beautiful and quite heartbreaking this book was a 5 stars for me and I would love the continuing reading Dazai's work in the future

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