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Osamu Dazai

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Author Osamu Dazai (1909–48) retains an enormous following today. He is as famous for his darkly introspective novels as for the light-hearted children’s stories that are a staple of many Japanese textbooks. His novel Shayo has been published in English as The Setting Sun. Son of a wealthy family in northern Japan, Dazai was a top student who showed an early penchant for literary writing. He led a troubled, unstable life and suffered from drug abuse and alcoholism; he attempted suicide and had numerous affairs, even as his literary fame grew. A Shameful Life is said to be a close approximation of his lifestyle and struggles. The protagonist in the novel survives, but shortly after publication of A Shameful Life, Dazai and his lover drowned themselves in the Tamagawa Canal in western Tokyo.

Mark Gibeau is a literary translator and scholar of postwar Japanese literature. His previous translations include fiction by Yasunari Kawabata, Jun’ichirô Tanizaki, Shûgorô Yamamoto, Sakumi Tayama, Mitsuyo Kakuta, Sakyô Komatsu among others. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the College of Asia and the Pacific at The Australian National University, Canberra.

Osamu Dazai Books

No Longer Human book cover

No Longer Human

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Self-Portraits: Stories book cover

Self-Portraits: Stories

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Osamu Dazai's No Longer Human book cover

Osamu Dazai's No Longer Human

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The Flowers of Buffoonery book cover

The Flowers of Buffoonery

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Early Light (Storybook ND Series) book cover

Early Light (Storybook ND Series)

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A Shameful Life book cover

A Shameful Life

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Crackling Mountain and Other Stories book cover

Crackling Mountain and Other Stories

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No Longer Human book cover

No Longer Human

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The Setting Sun book cover

The Setting Sun

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