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Books Like No Longer Human (10 Books)

No Longer Human was published by Osamu Dazai in 1948. Here is a list of 10 books like No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai.

Last update: January 11, 2024

1. Notes From Underground (1864)

"I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea."

Fyodor Dostoevsky's "Notes From Underground" delves into the darkest corners of the human psyche through the ramblings of a tormented protagonist. A profound exploration of existentialism, power, and the eternal struggle between reason and desire.

  • 📇 136 Pages
  • 📝 34,000 - 40,800 Word Count
  • ⏱️ 5 Hours Reading Time

2. Crime And Punishment (1866)

"Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth."

In Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime And Punishment, follow the gripping tale of a destitute student turned criminal who grapples with morality, guilt, and the consequences of his actions in 19th-century St. Petersburg. A psychological masterpiece that explores the depths of the human psyche.

  • 📇 565 Pages
  • 📝 141,250 - 169,500 Word Count
  • ⏱️ 19 Hours Reading Time

3. Woman In The Dunes (1962)

"Loneliness was an unsatisfied thirst for illusion."

In Kobo Abe's mesmerizing novel, "Woman In The Dunes," an entomologist finds himself entrapped by a secretive coastal community, forced to shovel endless sand alongside a mysterious woman, questioning the boundaries of human existence and our relentless pursuit of freedom.

  • 📇 256 Pages
  • 📝 64,000 - 76,800 Word Count
  • ⏱️ 9 Hours Reading Time

4. Kokoro (1914)

"You see, loneliness is the price we have to pay for being born in this modern age, so full of freedom, independence, and our own egoistical selves."

Natsume Soseki's timeless masterpiece, Kokoro, explores the complexities of human relationships and the eternal struggle to find meaning and connection. This poignant and introspective novel delves deep into the hearts of its characters, leaving an indelible mark on readers' souls.

  • 📇 248 Pages
  • 📝 62,000 - 74,400 Word Count
  • ⏱️ 8 Hours Reading Time

5. The Metamorphosis (1915)

"I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I cannot even explain it to myself."

In Franz Kafka's timeless classic, "The Metamorphosis," Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning to find himself transformed into a grotesque insect. This surreal exploration of identity and alienation pushes the boundaries of realism and delves deep into the human experience.

  • 📇 44 Pages
  • 📝 11,000 - 13,200 Word Count
  • ⏱️ 1 Hours Reading Time

6. The Trial (1925)

"It's only because of their stupidity that they're able to be so sure of themselves."

In Franz Kafka's masterpiece, The Trial, a mysterious and absurd tale unfolds as Joseph K. finds himself unjustly accused by an unknown authority. Captivating, haunting, and thought-provoking, this existential novel delves into themes of guilt, bureaucracy, and the enigma of life's purpose.

  • 📇 304 Pages
  • 📝 76,000 - 91,200 Word Count
  • ⏱️ 10 Hours Reading Time

7. Nausea (1928)

"It's quite an undertaking to start loving somebody. You have to have energy, generosity, blindness. There is even a moment right at the start where you have to jump across an abyss: if you think about it you don't do it."

In Jean-Paul Sartre's chilling and existential classic, "Nausea," readers are plunged into the tormented mind of Antoine Roquentin, as he grapples with the absurdity and isolation of existence, leaving us questioning our own purpose and reality.

  • 📇 278 Pages
  • 📝 69,500 - 83,400 Word Count
  • ⏱️ 9 Hours Reading Time

8. The Stranger (1942)

"I may not have been sure about what really did interest me, but I was absolutely sure about what didn't."

In Albert Camus' iconic novel, "The Stranger," protagonist Meursault's indifference to society's norms and his unconventional response to a senseless murder propels readers into an unsettling exploration of existentialism, morality, and the consequences of embracing one's own truth.

  • 📇 77 Pages
  • 📝 19,250 - 23,100 Word Count
  • ⏱️ 3 Hours Reading Time

9. Confessions Of A Mask (1949)

"Mine was the unbearable jealousy a cultured pearl must feel toward a genuine one. Or can there be such a thing in this world as a man who is jealous of the woman who loves him, precisely because of her love?"

Confessions Of A Mask, crafted by the masterful Yukio Mishima, delves into the inner world of a young man navigating societal expectations and his own burgeoning desires in post-war Japan, offering a poignant exploration of identity, repression, and the masks we wear.

  • 📇 256 Pages
  • 📝 64,000 - 76,800 Word Count
  • ⏱️ 9 Hours Reading Time

10. The Catcher In The Rye (1951)

"What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though."

In J.D. Salinger's timeless classic, "The Catcher in the Rye," follow Holden Caulfield's raw and poignant journey through the complexities of teenage rebellion, self-discovery, and the quest to maintain innocence in a world that often seems insincere.

  • 📇 288 Pages
  • 📝 72,000 - 86,400 Word Count
  • ⏱️ 10 Hours Reading Time