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One of the most bracing and clear-eyed mediations on alienation and depression ever written, No Longer Human, follows Ōba Yōzō (a loose stand in for Dazai himself) through his life, from young boy to adult, as he tries and fails repeatedly to in some way exist within a society he feels unable to connect to. Lacking the self-pity that would have marred lesser works, No Longer Human is an unflinching yet powerful look at the way desolation can twist someone to the point of feeling completely dejected from the world around them.
No longer human is one of the most famous novels of contemporary Japanese literature. His controversial and brilliant author, Osamu Dazai, incorporated numerous episodes of his turbulent life into the three notebooks that make up this novel and narrate, in the first person and a stark manner, the progressive decline of Yozo, a young student of provinces who leads a life Dissolute in Tokyo. Repudiated by his family after a suicide attempt and unable to live in harmony with his similar hypocrites, Yozo lives as a cartoonist and subsists thanks to the help of women who fall in love with him despite his alcoholism and morphine addiction.