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The Setting Sun

By Osamu Dazai & Donald Keene
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Publisher Description

This powerful novel of a nation in social and moral crisis was first published by New Directions in 1956.

Set in the early postwar years, it probes the destructive effects of war and the transition from a feudal Japan to an industrial society. Ozamu Dazai died, a suicide, in 1948. But the influence of his book has made "people of the setting sun" a permanent part of the Japanese language, and his heroine, Kazuko, a young aristocrat who deliberately abandons her class, a symbol of the anomie which pervades so much of the modern world.

235 Reviews

3.5
Thinking Face“Again with every book from Osamu Dazai this was thought provoking - can't say much other than that. This book wasn't bad, far from it, just not the same as his other works.”
Descriptive writingSuspensefulDark settingThought-provoking
Loudly Crying Face“what a book to end march what have i done i am irrevocably tarnished (pretending like this isn't the one thing i am looking for sometimes when reading) i seriously need something light hearted now more than ever!!!!!”
Beautifully writtenDark

About Osamu Dazai

Osamu Dazai was born in 1909 into a powerful landowning family of northern Japan. A brilliant student, he entered the French department of Tokyo University in 1930, but later boasted that in the five years before he left without a degree, he had never attended a lecture. Dazai was famous for confronting head-on the social and moral crises of postwar Japan before he committed suicide by throwing himself into Tokyo’s Tamagawa Aqueduct. His body was found on what would have been his 39th birthday.

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