I see in the face of the human being raging at me a wild animal in its true colors, one more horrible than any lion, crocodile or dragon. People normally seem to be hiding this true nature, but an occasion will arise as when an ox sedately ensconced in a grassy meadow suddenly lashes out with its tail to kill the horsefly on its flank when anger makes them reveal in a flash human nature in all its horror. He's depicting humans as scary monsters - and where is he?
Not among them. He's the horsefly. It's all one on one. It's all one human standing in front of another human, choosing to hug or punch. Books like these, books that pare life down to the bone, I love them and find them nauseating. You're just looking so far down, you know? Sometimes I get this sneaking, horrifying thought: what if these are the only honest books? He was raped as a child, he says. One way or another, he's profoundly alienated from humanity.
He deals with it by becoming a clown. He fools people enough, sortof. Mostly all he's interested in is getting drunk. Occasionally he tries to commit suicide. That's not even the dark part. Eventually he marries some poor naive little thing, attracted to her lack of artifice and her defenselessness. That's when things get Pariah - Drawn Into Descent - Drawn Into Descent (CD. This one looks like a horse out of hell!
In all his craven cruelty, at least he's not full of shit. View all 30 comments. View all 6 comments. At the very beginning of No Longer HumanDazai 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 At the very beginning of No Longer HumanDazai 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. The narrator, Yozo, born into a wealthy political family in rural northeastern Japan, has left behind three notebooks - with three photographs to accompany them - as a means of explicating his life of complete and utter failure.
The journals trace his alienated, terrified, and miserable meandering through an Imperial Japan that was made schizoid by the rushed and forceful collision between traditional Japanese culture and Western modernization, from his earliest memories as Album) bewildered, wary child to his final days as a Tokyo exile, a wizened, prematurely gray young man showing the full effect of the bruisings and buffets that an inimical and omnipresent Album) ceaselessly dealt out.
Unable to connect to his family because he can't understand them; friendless because he is incapable of either trusting others or being trusted; scornful of women even as he squeezes every cent out of his broken lovers; irresponsible in every expectation of a regimented society - Yozo's only recourse to allay the anxiety and terror that daily waylay and murder his soul is in rivers of booze, pills, and flight.
His agonizing inability to connect with the mysterious entities that have filled the world and constantly press against him forces him to assume the mask of a "clown" - cheap laughs and comical routines are what he believes appeases the hostility and hatred of humans, who otherwise would tire of his eccentricity and eliminate him from their presence.
Dazai has written a bleak and beautiful look at the anguish of the loner, the misfit, forever forced to look at himself in the mirror and spot nothing but his defects and disfigurements - yet at the same time, the reader also sees quite clearly that Yozo is narcissistic to the extreme, too lazy and resigned to make the slightest effort to help himself, terribly misogynistic to the parade of women who make sacrifices to save him, only to face the inevitable abandonment - even during a death pledge.
Thus, compassion and contempt struggle as the book proceeds, each one alternately coming out on top. This dual-view is an integral part of No Longer Human : while Yozo sees himself as a fraud, a clown-caper performing his way through a midnight world, his few friends and family never abandon him, and several women fall deeply for him - they see him as a bright, cheerful, and funny young man, incredibly handsome and full of bright life.
Which view is correct? Self-perception versus the perception of others is always a fascinating enigma, the crux of the grand theatre that comprises human life. Each individual presents a mask to the world - but he cannot control how others see that mask.
Donald Keene provides an elegant, succinctly expressive translation. Dazai's brisk, clipped sentences are replete with the wiry tension of his story; and in the midst of a page honed to a keen edge of melancholy, a wry, matter-of-fact humour will slyly insinuate itself into the sadness and lift the reader out of Yozo's despairing depths. Personal truths made universal are the glorious kernel of literature, and Dazai's truths for some, like myself, may cut so close to the bone that it hurts.
Yet these truths also heal, and this dichotomy of pain and relief is what makes No Longer Human deeply human in every way. View 2 comments. Fails to deliver and didn't captivate me or draw me in in any serious way at all. 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. There are beautiful passages here, to be sure, but the book is, in my opinion, largely forgettable.
Perhaps an issue with the translation? Jul 31, dipper rated it it was ok. Kacper I never comment on this site but to say that the story about a man whose parents haven't taught him anything about life and who was sexually abused as I never comment on this site but to say that the story about a man whose parents haven't taught him anything about life and who was sexually abused as a child and thus couldn't understand what others feel, never developed a skill of assertiveness, couldn't trust anyone in his life and was simply lost Kacper Also, the last line is ridiculous.
I don't have anything more to say. Also, the last line is ridiculous. This novel was utterly perfect and so masterfully written. The prose is one of the most charming I've come across and I absolutely loved it.
It's one of those books which I wish I had a printed copy so that I could smell and underline mostly everything, write comments next to paragraphs etc. Unfortunately, I cannot and that makes me sad.
Hadn't I watched Bungo stray dogs and hadn't I identified as Osamu Dazai and hadn't I loved this character so much I would probably not have read this book soon This novel was utterly perfect and so masterfully written. Hadn't I watched Bungo stray dogs and hadn't I identified as Osamu Dazai and hadn't I loved this character so much I would probably not have read this book soon enough.
I actually feel grateful and "safe" that I read it now and not a few months back because I would have been wrecked. I still feel like crying, and my heart still feels heavy, but yeah If you can relate to Yozo you're going to love it and if you don't you can appreciate the excellent writing or its awesome quotes It's a brilliant novel, that's worthy of your time.
Nov 22, Jon Nakapalau rated it it was amazing Shelves: classicscultural-studiesfavorites. Caught between the past and the present a young man Oba Yozo finds that he is becoming more and more alienated from society and any sort of future. His decent into existential crisis is the reason why this book is so often compared to The Stranger by Albert Camus. No Longer Human - a book with which I was not comfortable - a book which constantly frustrated me.
Was that why I read it in a day - to be done with it - to be able to put it back on the shelf? But still, four solid stars - recommended to those who suffer - i. I could almost relate to that except that this character, Yozo, never seems to learn hide No Longer Human - a book with which I was not comfortable - a book which constantly frustrated me. I could almost relate to that except that this character, Yozo, never seems to learn hide his feelings. Indeed, he seems to be almost sociopathic.
He basically mistrusts others to the point of never being able to empathize with them. In his mind, everyone has an anterior motive for whatever they are saying or doing. His response to women is either to use them, for sex, for money, for whatever he needs, except trust, never trust. But women are constantly attractive to him. They are always ready to take him into their lives, to care for him. He never understands why. What Yozo never never managed to realize is that he is just a nice guy. Of course, for many of us, even that realization is not enough.
We still live with that constant anxiety that we are being judged. Apr 08, Mariel rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I am terrified. 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! It was frustrating that Yozo did not try to know anyone else, worse still his talking in circles of what wasn't true. He could have known.
It was out there Because he was terrified? So I throw away the outsideness because it is too inside. I KNOW it isn't true that he's unlike anyone else. What really got me? The painful stuff? The inability to trust. That's where I feel separated and wonder if I've got some inhuman quality in me. I wonder if other people feel this way If other people go through life doing stuff because what else can you do, not because the really think in their heart of hearts that opening up is going to go anywhere.
I cannot believe that there will be anyone there for me books don't know I'm there. He did have his painters And the more nervous they are- the quicker to take fright- the more violent they pray that every storm will be Painters who have had this mentality, after repeated wounds and intimidations at the hands of the apparitions called human beings, have often come to believe in phantasms- they plainly saw monsters in broad daylight, in the midst of nature.
And they did not fob people off with clowing; they did their best to depict these monsters just as they had appeared. Takeichi was right: they had dared to paint pictures of devils. These, I thought, would be my friends in the future. I was so excited I could have wept. Yozo's monster was himself. He's the person who hates themselves and yet can only spend time with themselves. Just say narcissist, Mariel!
So the monster wasn't really as it appeared Just what he's afraid for it to appear as. I do know the pain of not doing the all or nothing. He only walks the plank of being caught, turning back just in time. That's kinda hell. I wish all the time that I could either stop being so honest about my embarrassing shit, or just stop feeling feeling bad about it knowing Pariah - Drawn Into Descent - Drawn Into Descent (CD too well the pain of coming up against "friends" who despise depression in others.
It sucks to live in half. At the same time, however, if you ignore them completely they lose all possible connection with yourself, and at once become nothing more than vanishing "ghosts of science.
I had been so terrorized by scientific statistics. How these scientific facts are useless and beat you. I also worry about this shit like Yozo. I found myself wishing that I could talk with Osamu Dazai instead of with his photographs of Yozo the bozo, and all of his other unfinished costumes. Someone who would see a little further behind the walls. To the angels. It is there in No Longer Human. It is kinda hard when you don't trust people either, when you're also afraid of people sometimes.
I like to think about other people, try to understand them and how they feel or dream even if they die in their sleep. But I also feel so depressed sometimes like no one would ever do the same for me.
I don't even know why I think he should have Except I guess I would have for him. Dazai did. There's stuff in translator Donald Keene's forward about the modernization of Japan and influence of American culture.
I thought of one thing: suicide. This might be the only Japanese novel I've read with suicide where it was seen as taboo. I don't know if there is even anything to that.
It just seemed weird that it was after Kawabata's The Sound of the Mountain with its natural suicides. In my family the suicidal urges became routine or as a lever to pull in others. Nothing natural about it. Death seems like a shadow you couldn't rip out but that? A big ass ugly building erected in front of your bedroom window. But, unfortunately this one went south as the narrator got older and it turned less from stream of consciousness introspection and consideration of humans beings and their oddities, to just being about the narrator having a drug and alcohol problem.
View 1 comment. An absolutely incredible frame narrative sandwiching pages of good, disturbing, self-analytical writing in the vein of, say, Knut Hamsun's Hunger or Notes from the Underground. The frame - the opening a description of three photographs, the ending a major insight on human nature - goes a long way toward redeeming the strange, alienating notes of misogyny, violence, and illogic that Yozo and his narrative occasionally suffer from. This reminds me of Proust in some ways in its vivid documentat An absolutely incredible frame narrative sandwiching pages of good, disturbing, self-analytical writing in the vein of, say, Knut Hamsun's Hunger or Notes from the Underground.
This reminds me of Proust in some ways in its vivid documentation of Album), but the strange thing here is the early trauma that the book casually glances over. There's a clear suggestion made that Yozo and by extension possibly Dazai, since the novel is semi-autobiographical was abused by household staff as a boy, but the scene is never shown and the thread is quickly dropped. Apparently, a recent essay suggests that the book might represent some sort of deep-seated PTSD related to this incident, which is fascinating but also very sad.
It may be an unintentional correlation, but it's notable. I will remember No Longer Human much more than most 3 star books - the feeling of being alienated by society's standardization is vivid and well-drawn and relatable, but Dazai has perhaps failed to recognize that that feeling is fairly universal. I'm looking forward to reading The Setting Sun - this was kinetic, quick, one day sort of read. The translation is amusingly dated. I particularly enjoyed the translator's anxiety over readers knowing what sushi is.
If you're feeling misanthropic, pick it up. I couldn't stop thinking about Yukio Mishima while reading this book. A strange and eerily atmospheric book that sucked me in from the very first chapter. Although the whole dissociation with humans was a bit overtly explicit for my taste, I enjoyed reading it very much. Audio 5 Stars Story 4. Feb 15, E. 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 I consider this book to be the bible for the disaffected artist.
He feels pangs of alienation from family as well as society in general. He is able to find some solace, at least temporarily, in drink and women. However, he is never able to remain at peace with himself for very long. He exists within a whirl of anxiety and agitation that pushes him over the edge. This is a dark story of one man's life, beleaguered by an eternal emptiness, from which there is no escape - a poignant testament of a troubled soul, who also happened to be, a brilliant writer.
I can't recommend this work enough. Yes, the title sums up the bleak mood of this novel. A few years ago BBC did a story about the "self-immolation of a year-old man" who was on a Japanese bullet train. A reticent man who lived alone in a dilapidated apartment.
The article went on to state that inmore than 25, people living in Japan took their own lives. This is in no way a spoiler for this book, although if you know anything about the author, you know that Dazai lived a tortured life and you know how he faced the end.
The narrator, a man from a privileged background, shows how mental health has no boundaries, how alienating it can be, and how money or prestige does not somehow eliminate depression.
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