Osamu Dazai (1909-1948) was a 20th century Japanese novelist.
"Dazai offers something permanent and beautiful." -- The New York
"Seventy-five years later, No Longer Human still reads with an apt urgency. As the musician Patti Smith once put it, Dazai 'wrote at the pace of a dying man, yearning for ... the solution to an unresolved equation.'" -- Jane Yong Kim - The Atlantic
"No Longer Human is his masterpiece, though all his work is worthy. Dazai was an aristocratic tramp, a self described delinquent, yet he wrote with the forbearance of a fasting scribe. " -- Patti Smith