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A shameful life

Author: Osamu Dazai; Mark Gibeau
Publisher: Berkeley, California : Stone Bridge Press, 2018. ©1948
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
Osamu Dazai is one of the most famous--and infamous--writers of 20th-century Japan. A Shameful Life (Ningen shikkaku) is his final published work and has become a bestselling classic for its depiction of the tortured struggle of a young man to survive in a world that he cannot comprehend. Paralleling the life and death of Dazai himself, the delicate weaving of fact and fiction remorselessly documents via journals  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Osamu Dazai; Mark Gibeau
ISBN: 9781611720440 1611720443
Language Note: Translated from the Japanese.
OCLC Number: 1077156925
Notes: Translation of: Ningen Shikkaku.
"Originally published in Japanese as Ningen Shikkaku"--Colophon.
"Previously published as No longer human."
"Except on the cover and tite page, Japanese names in this book appear as family-name first."
Description: 141 pages ; 18 cm
Contents: Preface --
The first journal --
The second journal --
The third journal --
Epilogue --
Translator's afterword.
Other Titles: Ningen shikkaku.
Responsibility: Osamu Dazai ; translated and with an afterword by Mark Gibeau.
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A new translation of one of the greatest works of postwar Japanese literature, acutely capturing modern anxiety and alienation  Read more...
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Winner of the William F. Sibley Memorial Subvention Award for Japanese Translation "Dazai's reputation has not waned a bit in seventy years. Reading Mark Gibeau's brilliant translation will show you Read more...

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