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'A Shameful Life' by Osamu Dazai reviewed by the Asian Review of Books

Michael Palmer - Monday, February 25, 2019

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  Read More

"The Japan Times" review 'A Shameful Life'

Michael Palmer - Monday, November 12, 2018

A journey to hell with Osamu Dazai, Japan’s ultimate bad boy novelist. Damian Flanagan dives into the new translation by Mark Gibeau of this classic by Osamu Dazai, A Shameful Life: Ningen Shikkaku  Read More

Death in Mid-Autumn: The Art and Artifice of Yukio Mishima’s Final Moments

Thomas Joel - Monday, December 11, 2017

“True beauty is something that attacks, overpowers, robs, and finally destroys.”  Read More

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