Recent posts tagged Osamu Dazai


Speaking In Tongues (And Writing In Them, Too)

"Translators are people who read books for us."

Book Nook Dept.

Ten things from my shelf I'd take into isolation, 2017 edition.



If No Longer Human somehow managed to take Osamu Dazai's furious little novel and make a bloated bore of a movie out of it, Picaresque ends up doing the same thing with Dazai himself. It's a biopic that touches on...

No Longer Human / Ningen Shikkaku (2010)

A glitzy and hollow adaptation of a book that was anything but those two things.

No Longer Human Vol. #3 (Usamaru Furuya, Osamu Dazai)

The manga adaptation of Japan's "Requiem for a Dream" comes to an unforgiving close, just as it should.


No Longer Human, Vol. #2 (Usamaru Furuya / Osamu Dazai)

Further down the spiral with both Osamu Dazai and his 21st-century interpretation via manga master Usamaru Furuya.

No Longer Human Vol. #1 (Usamaru Furuya / Osamu Dazai)

A magnificent bleak manga adaptation of Japan's "Requiem for a Dream". Still timely and relevant -- and bleak.

Losing It In Translation (Again) Dept.

I have been preparing for the English-language release of Usamaru Furuya's manga adaptation of Osamu Dazai's No Longer Human by re-reading the original novel in its English translation (by Donald Keene), with the Japanese text open to the side. It's...

Schoolgirl (Osamu Dazai)

A short but stinging piece from the author of "No Longer Human", in English for the first time.

Then and Now Dept.

[I've been deeply embroiled in work, but I've found some pieces I wrote but never published which I thought would be good to post after a little cleanup, just to keep things rolling here. I'll be posting one a day...

Dehumanizer Dept.

It's so very, very hard not to start babbling like a little kid about some things. In between meetings in the city over the last couple of days, I ran over to Kinokuniya and found the third volume of the...


Illustrated Classics Dept.

From AICN Anime: Four classic works of Japanese literature will be adapted into the 12-episode Aoi Bungaku (Blue Literature) anime television series, set to premier on October 10. Adaptated works include:Osamu Dazai’s No Longer Human (Ningen Shikkaku) Run, Melos! (Hashire,...


Troublemakers and Hard Workers Dept.

People are perennially curious about the personalities of artists, healthy and dysfunctional alike. Small wonder the biographies of authors capture my attention. Easy example: I dug up not one but two separate biographies of Yukio Mishima—one by John Nathan,...

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