New Directions, 1958. First English Language and First American Edition. Octavo, 177 pages; VG/VG; spine black and red with beige lettering; dust jacket protected with a mylar covering, price cut; slight age-toning to pages; some sun-fading to spine, mild shelfwear and chipping, primarily to head and tail of spine, top edge of front cover, corners; shelved case 6.
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No Longer Human (人間失格 Ningen Shikkaku) is a Japanese novel by Osamu Dazai. Published after Run Melos and The Setting Sun, No Longer Human is considered Dazai's masterpiece and ranks as the second-best selling novel in Japan, behind Natsume Sōseki's Kokoro. This novel, despite being serialized as a work of fiction in 1948, is narrated in the first person and contains several elements which betray an autobiographical basis, such as suicide—a recurring theme in the author's life. Many also believe the book to have been his will, as he took his own life shortly after the last part of the book was published, on June 13, 1948. [Wikipedia]