SBP Blog

'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:


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.

Oh, Tama!

A deeply eccentric novel about lives and connections—and a cat of course—in 1980s Tokyo: witty, offbeat, and strangely profound.

The Fourth String

Two women. Two cultures. One music.

Tag Cloud

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