No Longer Human is his masterpiece, though all his work is worthy. Dazai was an aristocratic tramp, a self-described delinquent, yet he wrote with the forbearance of a fasting scribe.
—Patti Smith

Now in a gift cloth edition, No Longer Human ponders profound alienation

Available October 18, 2022

No Longer Human

Fiction by Osamu Dazai

Translated from the Japanese by Donald Keene

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.

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. His 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. Still one of the ten bestselling books in Japan, No Longer Human is an important and unforgettable modern classic: “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)

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Clothbound (published October 18, 2022)

ISBN
9780811232432
Price US
24.95
Trim Size
5x8
Page Count
192

Ebook (published October 18, 2022)

ISBN
9780811220071

Osamu Dazai

20th century Japanese novelist

No Longer Human is his masterpiece, though all his work is worthy. Dazai was an aristocratic tramp, a self-described delinquent, yet he wrote with the forbearance of a fasting scribe.
—Patti Smith
Dazai offers something permanent and beautiful.
The New York Times Book Review