The Flowers of Buffoonery
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Dazai was an aristocratic tramp, a self-described delinquent, yet he wrote with the forbearance of a fasting scribe.
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Blunt, disjointed narratives, scattered thoughts and the off tangent remarks by Dazai were present in every chapters. Even dazai himself confessed this is a terrible novel but also him predicted that it will be masterpiece for generations. He was not wrong though because No longer human, his last novel IS the greatest japanese literature of all time behind Soseki's Kokoro. Monkey-Faced Youth (Japanese: 猿面冠者, Hepburn: Sarumenkanja) is the ninth story in The Final Years.  Losing Ground [ edit ]
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A tale that is like no other. Dazai's existential crisis is evident in here and it made me really teary.
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Outrageous, exasperating, and, like so much of Dazai’s writing, indefinably (perhaps also indefensibly) charming. Dazai, Osamu (1990). Translated by Santini, Lolli. "DŌKE NO HANA (I «FIORI DELLA BUFFONERIA») DI DAZAI OSAMU". Il Giappone (in Italian). 30: 177–223. JSTOR 20749729 . Retrieved 26 July 2022– via JSTOR.This novel is a failure. It has no climax, no denouement. It seems I paid too much attention to the style. As a result, the story is a heap of purple trash. I bogged it down with lots of things nobody needs to hear. But I also left out lots of vital details. Dazai, Osamu (2018). Цветы шутовства[ Flowers of Buffoonery] (in Russian). Translated by Ragozin, Dmitry. St. Petersburg: Hyperion Publishing House. ISBN 9785893323177. To fully grasp the story, do read No longer human first and understand Yozo better not just as a character but the reflection of Dazai's mental state in that book and you will know how hard hitting this book is. This was a beautifully depressing exploration of life as a fragile human which may not be for all. But its my personal dearest books.
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The stories contained in The Final Years show a variety of different themes and outlooks on life as well as demonstrate the many different styles of writing Dazai was capable of. This makes Dazai a popular Japanese literary artist for American scholars to study. 
Dazai shamelessly breaking the fourth wall in this story. His cynical insertion of self consciousness of his arts and him as a writer, sarcastic and depressing all at the same time make me laugh. What a novel.