No Longer Human
The Sad but Great Swan Song Sung by Dazai Osamu
If you cannot find any hope in your own life, it will let you have some to read No Longer Human written by a late author; Dazai Osamu. Why? Because that is so-called a reverse human paean which describes the strongest winds against our heart and paradoxically shows the sun in your life.
No Longer Human
Published Shueisha Inc.
Dazai Osamu had released many famous novels like Fairy Tales, Run, Melos!, The Setting Sun and so on as they consider he is one of the most important authors in twentieth century. He had thrown himself into the water with a woman and died in 1948. It happened just after he finished writing a novel; No Longer Human.
Then, we can hear a swan song of Dazai Osamu from No Longer Human. It sounds so sad and sorrowful. It is just like the dark side of our living.
In the narrative, a man finds a notebook that has 3 memorandums written by a beautiful guy; Oba Yozo. The book tells Yozo had to spend a shameful life since he could do nothing but play the clown. He was good-looking but could never see what others think before him. Absolute loneliness had always pushed his mind.
According to the end of the third memo, Yozo finally found he was no longer human that felt neither happy nor unhappy and had to keep raped by an old woman.
Finishing reading the memorandums, the man sees some facts about Yozo. With a talk between a woman and the man, No Longer Human ends.
We sometimes feel hopeless in our days. However, you can see the world out of your world. Truth always has various aspects and you can find hope there. The ending part of the story says so.
about No Longer Human
・Written by Dazai Osamu
・Published by Chikuma Shobo,Publishers. (1948)
・Read Japanese Version Free
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