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Osamu Dazai

Full Name: Osamu Dazai
Gender: Male
Hometown: Tsugaru /Kanagi
Born: 1909-06-19
Died: 1948-06-13
Number of Works: 32
His real name is Shuuji Tsushima. Although wanted him to be a politician, as his father, he insisted on being an author. When he applied Tokyo University French Literature Department, he was 20 years old. For most of his lifetime, he was a drug addict, an alcoholic and a tubercular.


His last book Ningen Shikkaku (No Longer Human)(1948) is kind of an authobiography; his childhood, his university years, and the times he cathches tuberculosis, was written in detail, in this book.

In 1948, he committed suicide with his mistress.

He is still one of the most popular authors in Japan.

ISBN: 0811204812, 9780811204811
Keywords: human, longer
Pages: 177
Published: 1948
  • Rating: 80%

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.
ISBN: 0811200329, 9780811200325
Keywords: sun, setting
Pages: 175
Published: 1947
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 1935548085, 9781935548089
Keywords: schoolgirl
Pages: 100
Published: 2011
  • Rating: 80%

The novella that first propelled Dazai into the literary elite of post-war Japan. Essentially the start of Dazai's career, Schoolgirl gained notoriety for its ironic and inventive use of language. Now it illuminates the prevalent social structures of a lost time, as well as the struggle of the individual against them--a theme that occupied Dazai's life both personally and professionally. This new translation preserves the playful language of the original and offers the reader a new window into the mind of one of the greatest Japanese authors of the 20th century.
ISBN: 4061860364, 9784061860360
Keywords: stories, melos
Pages: 230
Published: 1988
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 8807721090, 9788807721090
Keywords: spegne, sole
Pages: 139
Published: 2001
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 226805280X, 9782268052809
Keywords: villon, femme
Pages: 65
Published: 2005
  • Rating: 80%