'A Shameful Life' by Osamu Dazai reviewed by the Asian Review of Books
John Darwin Van Fleet goes into extensive detail in his Asian Review of Books review for the new Mark Gibeau translation of the Osamu Dazai classic, A Shameful Life: Ningen shikkaku.
There are a ton of fantastic pieces of information in this essay/review on the lives of a few literary giants you may not have known. Van Fleet also says:
"Oba Yozo, the central character and anti-hero of Dazai Osamu’s Ningen Shikkaku, is as familiar to Japanese readers as Holden Caulfield is to English readers. The Catcher in the Rye still sells a million copies per year, in dozens of languages, while in Japanese only a few novels, notably Natsume Soseki’s Kokoro, routinely outsell Ningen Shikkaku. Catcher, however, pales beside Ningen as a literary achievement."
Read the full review here: http://asianreviewofbooks.com/content/a-shameful-life-ningen-shikkaku-by-osamu-dazai/
Grab a copy of the book here: https://www.stonebridge.com/catalog/a-shameful-life-ningen-shikkaku
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