What I despise about Dazai is that he exposes precisely those things in myself that I most want to hide.
—Yukio Mishima

For the first time in English, Osamu Dazai’s hilariously comic and deeply moving prequel to *No Longer Human*

Available March 7, 2023

The Flowers of Buffoonery

Fiction by Osamu Dazai

Translated from the Japanese by Sam Bett

The Flowers of Buffoonery opens in a seaside sanitarium where Yozo Oba—the narrator of No Longer Human at a younger age—is being kept after a failed suicide attempt. While he is convalescing, his friends and family visit him, and other patients and nurses drift in and out of his room. Against this dispiriting backdrop, everyone tries to maintain a lighthearted, even clownish atmosphere: playing cards, smoking cigarettes, vying for attention, cracking jokes, and trying to make each other laugh.

While No Longer Human delves into the darkest corners of human consciousness, The Flowers of Buffoonery pokes fun at these same emotions: the follies and hardships of youth, of love, and of self-hatred and depression. A glimpse into the lives of a group of outsiders in prewar Japan, The Flowers of Buffoonery is a darkly humorous and fresh addition to Osamu Dazai’s masterful and intoxicating oeuvre.

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Paperback (published March 7, 2023)

ISBN
9780811234542
Price US
14.95
Trim Size
5x8
Page Count
80

Ebook

ISBN
9780811234559

Osamu Dazai

20th century Japanese novelist

What I despise about Dazai is that he exposes precisely those things in myself that I most want to hide.
—Yukio Mishima
Dazai was an aristocratic tramp, a self-described delinquent, yet he wrote with the forbearance of a fasting scribe.
—Patti Smith