Self Portraits, Osamu Dazai
Some writers write to cauterize old wounds. Dazai refuses to let his wounds heal. And with these autobiographical tales, the Japanese bad boy sticks his pen into a bottomless inkwell of pain and suicidal ideation, keeping his lacerations fresh, because scars and healing are for cowards.
-Suggested by Paul Beatty, author of four novels, including The Sellout (FSG, 2015.)
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