Tag Archives: Ivan Morris

‘Fires on the Plain’, by Shōhei Ōoka (1951) & Ivan Morris (1957)

For Private Tamura, the narrator and protagonist of this story, the novel starts with being yelled at and slapped in the face by his commanding officer. He is also deadly sick with consumption, stuck on an island far away from home, part of an army that has already lost the war, surrounded by hostile local […]

No Longer Human – Dazai Osamu

**Spoiler alert** I-novel in ‘found-footage’ format. The narrator grows up feeling, Asperger’s like, that he’s different from all other humans. He gets by by playing the role of a clown, while on the inside he’s really gloomy, alienating him even more for those around him, and increasingly fearing people will find him out. In young […]