SBP Blog

'A Shameful Life' reviewed by The Complete Review

Michael Palmer - Monday, November 26, 2018

A Shameful Life: Ningen shikkaku, the new translation of the Osamu Dazai classic translated by Mark Gibeau has been reviewed by The Complete Review. 


"Powerful... a fascinating psychological portrait, of someone trying (or rather, constantly failing) to come to terms with a self they find unbearable."

Many thanks to M.A.Orthofer at The Complete Review for his in depth analysis of this new translation. Read the full review here:


Like our blog? Please share it!


Subscribe to the SBP Mailing List

New Releases

Amy’s Guide to Best Behavior in Japan

Going to Japan? This unfussy modern guide guarantees you keep it polite and get it right!

Easy and Fun Katakana

Learn the second key Japanese syllabary from every angle: reading, writing, and real-world examples.

Exploring Kyoto

This revised and updated edition of the Japan travel classic and cultural guide gets you wandering from downtown quarters to remote mountaintop temples and features expanded information on new museums and gardens now open year-round for viewing.

My Year of Dirt and Water

Married to a Zen monk in training, an American woman in Japan chronicles her own year of growth and discovery.

Tag Cloud

wife janet pocorobba the japan times four immigrants Ukiyo-e VIZ ritual huffington post literature michael emmerich japan food Anime/Manga/Comics hooked cross PEN AWARD journal review japanese culture Year of the Dog Japanese art purification Korea photography journal of a zen monks wife in japan Art/Design Poetry illustration announcement donald keene poetry of consciousness zen kyoto japan today osaka otakuusa koun center of east asian studies book signing 1960's Japan travel to japan dark horse expat classic japanese literature Chinese culture Chiune Sugihara publishing new york tokyo gaijin pot anime photography eastern and western philosophy World War II buddhist swastika tk nakagaki osamu dazai books internment nara rachel manley fred schodt China Children's Literature zazen polite zen monk osamu tezuka william f sibley manners student teacher amys guide to best behavior in japan china history amy chavez literary prize Okinawan literature book tour min kahng etiquette jing liu mark gibeau Nikolas Bunton nazi verticle manga tea buddhism blurb Japanese holidays peace yukio mishima world literature today japanese book Culture memoir 1960s Korea tracy franz shamisen what do in japan award Spring Festival jared cook diary danica davidson japanese travel Chinese Astrology History japan guide tourist university of chicago buddhist how to author comics japan memoir politics and prose understandind china through comics gratitude in japan Japanese aesthetics memoir, tracy franz, zen monk, buddhist sensei asia book review bowing in japan the fourth string takuma sminkey haibun author signing Olympics Japanese literature Christianity the hidden writer author event Translation Children's Books japanese classic Basho's Narrow Road Alexandra Johnson hitler book hoarding classic Interview washington dc monks wife japanese bath book suicide Shoah how to travel in japan AAS tea garden japan etiquette Chinese New Year how to order in japan book blurb the buddhist swastika henry kiyama monk author tour religion asian review of books eating in japan holocaust 2020 Olympics drinking in japan guide japanese haiku swastika suehiro maruo comic history leonard koren hiroaki sato gaijinpot t.k. nakagaki graphic novels japanese etiquette literary review huffpost green tea damian flanagan japan restaurant book publicity Chinese history Basho Korea the silver spoon Second World War tricycle magazine no longer human giajin Travel non-fiction japanese customs World War Two journal' monks wife Coming of Age Day Asian Studies in the woods of memory Language japanese drunk visitor astrology behavior japan custom WWII ningen shikkaku matcha The Colorado Review Christianity in Japan kansuke naka bookstore japan travel new books reviews shun medoruma UCLA Spirituality monk wife musical my year of dirt and water Tokyo Olympics Japan a shameful life stone bridge cafe chinese comics seppuku disney publicity japanese people frederik schodt travel Japan stone bridge press pottery