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Human Disqualification: I’m sorry to be born a man!

There is a kind of juvenile clarity in Taizazi’s novels. Even if the subject matter is very dark, it is still clean in his works, and implies the determination to die and live.

Perhaps many people do not understand the decision of Taizai, but it is clear that his words have a magic power, which leads generations of young people to think about the meaning of existence.

If there is anything great about “Human Disqualification”, I think it is about the fact that the inner monologue of a neurotic personality is described in such detail and truthfulness, as if holding a fresh heart after injury in your hand, silently accusing the dark side of human beings.

Tazaji (Tazawa 12374; 12356; 12362; 12373; 12416;, June 19, 1909-June 13, 1948), Osamu Tsujima ( 12388; 12375; 12375; 12421; Muruki), Japanese novelist, and representative writer of Japanese postwar rogue literature. His main works include novels “retrograde”, “setting sun” and “human disqualification”.

“Human Disqualification” (also known as “Disqualification”) is a novelette written by Japanese novelist Tazaji, published in 1948, which is a semi-autobiographical novel.

“Human Disqualification” begins with “I”‘s feelings after seeing three photos of Ye Zang, with three notes of Ye Zang in the middle. The three notes, corresponding to the photos, respectively introduce Ye Zang’s experiences in his childhood, youth and prime, and describe how Ye Zang went step by step to lose his qualification.

In the work, Taizai Zhi cleverly hides his life and thoughts in the life experience of the protagonist Ye Zang. Through Ye Zang’s monologue, he can pry into Taizai Zhi’s inner world – “a life full of shame”. In the same year that the work was published, Taizaiji committed suicide.


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The protagonist in the book, Ye Zang, cannot understand the superficiality of women’s hearts and is constantly used by friends, but believes that compromise is the way to survive, even in order to blend in the world and learn all kinds of inferiority of human nature.

The three photos described in the preface can be said to be the epitome of his life.

From forced smile to pretentious frivolity, and finally to the expressionless “dead face”, it was Ye Zang’s life that tried to cater to the society, but ultimately failed.

The narrator “I” made no polite comments on the three photos – strange and annoying. This is undoubtedly to evaluate Ye Zang from the perspective of the general public; It can also be said that Taizai has split up a “normal” personality to denounce himself.

This kind of self-masochistic narration is difficult to read the ironic meaning, but it is heartfelt and sympathetic.

The next second reading is Ye Zang’s statement of his “sin”.

The nature of Ye Zang in his childhood had the first impact with one of the seven most hideous sins of human beings – deception.

At the father’s speech meeting, the male servants secretly criticized the speech for being dull, and then turned around to please the host and praised it. Ye Zang witnessed this “hateful sin thought” and was surprised at the inconsistency of human beings in life. At the same time, he believed that this must be the “wonderful meaning” of living.

He is an “outsider” who is out of tune with the common sense society, so his comments on various human normalities seem to be extremely objective and powerful.

Good son

In the work, the author sets Liangzi as “a person with pure trust” and “a genius of trust”.

After Liangzi married Ye Zang, the author still emphasized that Liangzi was a pure and trusting genius by describing Ye Zang’s feelings and feelings, without any description of Liangzi’s heart and feelings.


The main source of the sorrow in “Human Disqualification” is the weak soul. The Japanese style of behavior and the spirit that runs through life are “harmony”. The weakness and violence behind this “harmony” is extremely terrible, no matter which one is listed separately.

Taizai-style weakness: if you believe in the jungle, then it represents the injured, the infringed and the insulted; If there is compassion, then the weak soul may be the thing we want to protect. However, how many people are willing to protect all living beings with the heart of a compassionate bodhisattva saint, and then sinking and irredeemability will follow. As for the weak, it is difficult to live or to live, and the things that support life must and can only rely on the given around.

The world is full of strange and bizarre things. What you want is often unavailable, and what you don’t want is often picked up. The weak people living in this strange circle can only suffer from helpless pain day after day.


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