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Osamu Dazai (1909–1948)

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Born into a near-aristocratic family whose declining world he depicts in The Setting Sun (1947), Dazai had the means to become an accomplished dilettante and rake. Around 1933 he began to think seriously about writing, but his life was complicated by drug addiction, a string of affairs, and two vis mere attempts at suicide. The end of the war brought a change in Dazai, and he produced his finest works, even though his own life was ending because of alcoholism and tuberculosis. The darkness of his works reveals his tortured existence, which he ended by suicide. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Værker af Osamu Dazai

No Longer Human (1948) 2,124 eksemplarer
The Setting Sun (1947) 865 eksemplarer
Schoolgirl (1939) 209 eksemplarer
Blue Bamboo: Tales by Dazai Osamu (1993) 192 eksemplarer
Self Portraits (1991) 85 eksemplarer
Run, Melos! (1984) 55 eksemplarer
The Flowers of Buffoonery (2023) 51 eksemplarer
Early Light (2022) 29 eksemplarer
Pandora's Box (1973) 20 eksemplarer
Villon's Wife (1947) 18 eksemplarer
One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji (2003) 14 eksemplarer
Later Years (1997) 13 eksemplarer
Farewell (1989) 9 eksemplarer
Eight Scenes of Tokyo (2012) 8 eksemplarer
A New Hamlet (2016) 6 eksemplarer
Roman Lantern (1983) 5 eksemplarer
Repudiados (2016) 5 eksemplarer
Grasshopper (1974) 4 eksemplarer
La Déchéance d'un Homme T01 (2021) — Bidragyder — 4 eksemplarer
La Déchéance d'un Homme T02 (2021) 4 eksemplarer
Twentieth Century Standard-Bearer (2003) 4 eksemplarer
Word of Araki (1982) 4 eksemplarer
奇想と微笑 (2009) 2 eksemplarer
No Longer Human [manga] (2007) 2 eksemplarer
New Hamlet (1974) 2 eksemplarer
もの思う葦 (2002) 2 eksemplarer
Um Homem Em Declínio (2023) 2 eksemplarer
太宰治全集. 1 (1988) 2 eksemplarer
Schoolgirl | Pandora's Box (2018) 2 eksemplarer
Recuerdos (2015) 2 eksemplarer
Günün İlk Işıkları (2022) 2 eksemplarer
Run, Melos! | Schoolgirl (1973) 1 eksemplar
正義と微笑 (2009) 1 eksemplar
December 8th 1 eksemplar
Zapadající slunce 1 eksemplar
Als mens mislukt 1 eksemplar
海 [Umi] 1 eksemplar
Cuentos de cabecera (1900) 1 eksemplar
Merenneito ja muita novelleja (2023) 1 eksemplar
Soytarı Çiçekleri (2023) 1 eksemplar
Nữ sinh 1 eksemplar
Nečovjek 1 eksemplar
Izopstenik 1 eksemplar
Tà Dương 1 eksemplar
Mulheres 1 eksemplar
Owoce wiśni 1 eksemplar
Tsugaru Communication (2004) 1 eksemplar
Alte Freunde (2017) 1 eksemplar
Waiting 1 eksemplar
Cuentos de cabecera 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

No Longer Human (2019) — Original novel — 386 eksemplarer
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventh Annual Collection (1994) — Bidragyder — 253 eksemplarer
The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories (1997) — Bidragyder — 225 eksemplarer
Modern Japanese Stories: An Anthology (1962) — Bidragyder — 161 eksemplarer
No Longer Human, Volume 1 (2009) — Original story — 63 eksemplarer
No Longer Human, Volume 2 (2010) — Original story — 50 eksemplarer
No Longer Human, Volume 3 (2011) — Original story — 43 eksemplarer
Japans verhaal elf moderne Japanse verhalen (1983) — Bidragyder — 8 eksemplarer
花の名随筆〈2〉二月の花 (1999) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar
植物 (書物の王国) (1998) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar
現代詩殺人事件 (光文社文庫) (2005) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar
変身のロマン (学研M文庫) (2003) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar
不思議の扉 時をかける恋 (角川文庫) (2010) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar

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This was an odd book. Its a good book and I appreciate it, but I'm not sure I "liked" it. Its about a man (loosely based on Dazai, so says the back cover, but the introduction from the translator says no) who all his life is disillusioned by people and feels he is incapable of understanding humans. It starts out as child, thru high school and into his later years, where he takes to alcohol and drugs at the expense of his friends and family. My first thought about the main character, was he's an incel, before there was a word for such a thing. Written in 1948, its still considered one of the top 10 books in Japan. Its a good book, just don't expect an uplifting narrative.

I was frightened even by God. I could not believe in His love, only in His punishment. Faith. That, I felt, was the act of facing the tribunal of justice with one's head bowed to receive the scourge of God. I could believe in hell, but it was impossible for me to believe in the existence of heaven

Her voice was full of tenderness as she explained each of the half-dozen medicines. The affection of this unhappy woman was however to prove too intense. At the last she said, "This is a medicine to be used when you need a drink so badly you can't stand it." She quickly wrapped the little box. It was morphine
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mahsdad | 35 andre anmeldelser | Sep 28, 2023 |
femmedyke | Sep 27, 2023 |
Not my cup of tea at ALL but very well-written and moving. About the decay (I choose that specifically in lieu of “decline”) of the “aristocracy” in post-WWII Japan, told through the lens of a single family, focusing on a sister and daughter and her relationship to her brother and her mother. A bit too…symbolic…for me (not sure that’s the word) and not the kind of book I usually enjoy but this was too good to ignore. I have another of his and will definitely read it now, but it will take me a little time to work up to it.… (mere)
Gypsy_Boy | 10 andre anmeldelser | Aug 26, 2023 |
Unlikeable but captivating?
Kiramke | 35 andre anmeldelser | Jun 27, 2023 |



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