No longer human
—Itō, Junji, 1963- author, artist.
Graphic Novel
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"'Mine has been a life of much shame. I can't even guess myself what it must be to live the life of a human being.' Plagued by a maddening anxiety, the terrible disconnect between his own concept of happiness and the joy of the rest of the world, Yozo Oba plays the clown in his dissolute life, holding up a mask for those around him as he spirals ever downward, locked arm in arm with death. Osamu Dazai's immortal, and supposedly autobiographical work of Japanese literature is perfectly adapted here into a manga by Junji Ito. The imagery wrenches open the text of the novel one line at a time to sublimate Yozo's mental landscape into something even more delicate and grotesque. This is the ultimate in art by Ito, proof that nothing can surpass the terror of the human psyche." -- Provided by publisher

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Anxiety -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Japan -- Social life and customs -- 20th century -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Men -- Japan -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Autobiographical comics.
Comics (Graphic works)
Graphic novel adaptations.
Graphic novels.
Psychological comics.
Psychological fiction.
Other Authors:
Allen, Jocelyne, 1974- translator, adaptation.
Dashiell, James, illustrator, letterer.
Graphic novelization of (work): Dazai, Osamu, 1909-1948. Ningen shikkaku. English.
Keene, Donald, translator.
615 pages : chiefly illustrations (some colour) ; 21 cm.
Target Audience Note:
Rated M, Mature.
Translated from the Japanese.
Translation of Ningen shikkaku vol. 1-3.
Reads from right to left.
"Original Japanese edition published by Shogakukan"--Colophon.
Parental advisory: "Rated M for adults only. This volume contains mature themes and graphic depictions"--Colophon.
"No longer human, by Osamu Dazai, translation by Donald Keene, copyright ©1958"--Colophon.
Includes bibliographical references (page 615).
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