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In honor of the 100th birthday of Osamu Dazai, Usamaru Furuya retells Dazai's most important work No Longer Human in modern day Tokyo where modern vices can bring ruin to the self-loathing.

Furuya's adaptation of No Longer Human takes place nearly seventy years after Dazai's original. Set in modern day Tokyo, Dazai's tale details the life of a young man originally from a well-off family from Japan's far north. Yozo Oba is a troubled soul incapable of revealing his true self to others. A weak constitution and the lingering trauma from some abuse administered by a relative forces him to uphold a facade of hollow jocularity since high school. The series is composed of three parts, referred to in the novel as "memorandums," which chronicle the life of Oba from his teens to late twenties. The comic is narrated by the artist, Furuya himself, making appearances at the start of each volume. In many ways, it could be said that Furuya has traveled a path that may be similar to Dazai's. Maybe that is what led these two together after 100 years.

In this first of three parts, alternative comic artist Usamaru Furuya appears to be overcome with deadlines. While he has been published by some of the biggest names in the comics industry, his star still shines brightest as a cult favorite, an underground artist whose emo comics are the voice of a new generation. To escape the duldrums of work, he loses himself in the internet and comes across the journal of a man whose life sounds very familiar--Oba Yozo. In Oba's First Memorandum the teen is overcome by an intense feeling of alienation. This pressure is so strong he cannot cope with others making it impossible to socialize with those who surround him, even his own family. To counter this Oba plays the role of the fool in order to establish interpersonal

relationships.

About the Author

After graduating from Tama University of the Arts, Tokyo native Usamaru Furuya turned his attention to the world of comics. Since his debut in 1994, he has gone on to draw sixteen titles. First translated into English in the nineties before the onset of the manga boom, he won an expectant cult following in the United States that is being rewarded only today with a new spate of localizations.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781935654193
Author:
Dazai, Osamu
Publisher:
Vertical
Author:
Furuya, Usamaru
Subject:
Graphic Novels-Literary
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
No Longer Human
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 11
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BW COMIC ART
Pages:
194
Dimensions:
7.01 x 5.03 x 0.54 in 0.32 lb
Age Level:
from 16

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Graphic Novels » Literary
Fiction and Poetry » Graphic Novels » Manga
Fiction and Poetry » Graphic Novels » Manga » General
Reference » Science Reference » General
Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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