I like Dazai a lot.
—Wong Kar-Wai

Now in a beautiful gift cloth edition, a masterpiece of postwar Japanese literature

Available November 15, 2022

The Setting Sun

Fiction by Osamu Dazai

Translated from the Japanese by Donald Keene

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, The Setting Sun probes the destructive effects of war and the transition from a feudal Japan to an industrial society. The influence of Osamu Dazai’s novel 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.

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Osamu Dazai

20th century Japanese novelist

I like Dazai a lot.
—Wong Kar-Wai