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'A Shameful Life' reviewed by The Complete Review

Michael Palmer - Monday, November 26, 2018

A Shameful Life: Bingen 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:


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