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.

The Fourth String

Two women. Two cultures. One music.

Tag Cloud

how to japanese books in english Anime/Manga/Comics alan brill Chinese history osaka stone bridge cafe expat japanese etiquette book signing zen monk buddhist swastika Coming of Age Day takuma sminkey Children's Books 2019 japan behavior Translation The Colorado Review manners journal of a zen monks wife in japan VIZ book reading author event michael emmerich juddhism danica davidson 1960's Japan Tokyo Olympics Chiune Sugihara kinokuniya event a shameful life haiku tokyo buddhist foreword reviews living in japan fantasy literature holden caufield Japanese aesthetics books traditional japanese instrumenet tk nakagaki literature welton gaddy japan book book award Basho's Narrow Road 2020 Olympics book blurb book publicity 1960s Korea buddhism award mark gibeau monk janet pocorobba japanese anime alan moore eating in japan book hoarding Alexandra Johnson Christianity in Japan the japan times memior non-fiction will eisner forewrod reviews indies dark horse the fourth string gaijinpot zen best behavior in japan jing liu catcher in the rye stone bridge press amys guide to best behavior in japan osamu tezuka hooked cross japanese bath Japan Japanese literature kyodo news disney center of east asian studies brad hawley hippocampus magazine travel to japan william f sibley dazai japan travel journal of a zen monk's wife the hidden writer a memoir ex pat literature amy chavez t.k. nakagaki traditional japanese instrument Children's Literature tea garden huffington post World War II japan custom japan guide japan today nazi Christianity american shamisen ningen shikkaku matcha hitlers cross lions roar swastika japanese book state of belief what do in japan manga biography bookstore hitler polite huffpost astro boy book review WWII how to travel in japan Poetry AAS Chinese Astrology classic japanese literature black jack holocaust Japanese holidays new york haibun suicide review new books jared cook rachel manley henry kiyama japanese culture History author Asian Studies japan memoir comics Art/Design ritual my year of dirt and water photography illustration Interview seppuku frederik schodt asia book talk event publicity Okinawan literature comic history internment damian flanagan poetry of consciousness foreword indies Ukiyo-e pottery japanese people behavior the japan society japanese instrument new release fred schodt japan etiquette performance World War Two university of chicago Culture asian review of books book peace nara finalist walt disney Korea Language leonard koren chinese comics visitor the buddhist swastika giajin hiroaki sato monks wife graphic novels learning in japan Nikolas Bunton japanese instruments Olympics gaijin pot sensei japan food jun hazuki amys guide to bes tbehavior in japan religion Travel how to order in japan buddhist priest japanese customs koun shun medoruma purification learning shamisen washington dc japan restaurant UCLA tea japan trip buddhist symbols hate classic ancient symbol suehiro maruo memoir diary Spring Festival Second World War musical sensei and me literary prize blurb japanese travel travel Japan min kahng verticle manga japanese cutlure astrology eastern and western philosophy tricycle magazine otakuusa japan culture announcement student teacher nichi bei weekly, naomi hirarahara kansuke naka the silver spoon Chinese culture world literature today tourist Japanese art four immigrants shamisen the millions Spirituality Basho drinking in japan journal' monks wife guide bowing in japan china history etiquette ancient symbols author tour China reviews zazen traditional Shoah green tea Year of the Dog wife literary review memoir, tracy franz, zen monk, buddhist japan books IBPA gratitude in japan no longer human yukio mishima Korea photography politics and prose japanese books PEN AWARD monk wife kyoto author signing book tour japanese classic in the woods of memory tracy franz Chinese New Year evil donald keene osamu dazai shamisen performance journal benjamin franklin award understandind china through comics japanese drunk publishing