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I Heard it in This Way
How Somatic Dazai's Ecriture were!
Date:06, Jan, 2018
Investigated and Written by Misaka Youhei
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"I Heard it in This Way" is an essay collection of Dazai Osamu, a Japanese popular novelist who passed away in 1948. I consider that you must feel how somatic his écriture were.

First, I must simply explain about what it is. The essays which consist of four chapters were published in 1948.

Yes. Just before he killed himself.

One more. The writings were not by Dazai Osamu, but an editor who belonged to Shincho-sha. He dictated them to the editor, namely.

You must say "So What?" I'm sure that it's not unusual that novelists release the essays by dictation. Wouldn't you mind if I show the sequel?

One day in 1998, found were the rough drafts of "I Heard it in This Way" written by Dazai Osamu. It means Dazai bothered to dictate after he wrote the drafts by himself. And the fact leads you to an abyss of Dazai's écriture.

Why did he do so? There was certain reason he had to do so. I believe he desired to make his words go through his body once because physicality's very important on writing something.

Words can be born by thinking and mind. People usually guess so. However, the words without any physicality can only go through in a second. Our bodies tend to reserve the words with embodiment. So we often remember what someone "said" more than what was "written."

Historical dictators mostly showed their statements in actual speeches, not documents. They knew the words that went through their bodies could reach to the people more than nobbut writings.

Dazai killed himself just after publishing the essays, as mentioned above. However, the essays still contain his physicality. And his fans are still on the increase by his somatic écriture.


About I Heard it in This Way

・Written by Dazai Osamu
・Published by Shincho-sha (1948)





 

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