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Short Synopsis
From Osamu Dazai, the poignant and fascinating story of a young man who is caught between the breakup of the traditions of a northern Japanese aristocratic family and the impact of Western ideas.

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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.

"The novel has a timeless quality: The struggle of the individual to fit into a normalizing society remains just as relevant today as it was at the time of writing." ---The Japan Times

"The value of [No Longer Human is] . . . in letting us know that we are not alone in finding life meaningless, or in believing ourselves frauds." ---Ben Hourigan, author of Kiss Me, Genius Boy

No Longer Human

Author Osamu Dazai

Narrated by David Shih

Publication date Dec 20, 2016

Running time 4 hrs 14 min

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