Written with beauty, refinement, and force: a work of unmistakable distinction…

Atlantic Monthly

Available October 1, 1968

The Setting Sun

Fiction by Osamu Dazai

Translated 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, 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.

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ISBN
9780811200325
Price US
11.95
Price CN
15

Osamu Dazai

20th century Japanese novelist

Written with beauty, refinement, and force: a work of unmistakable distinction…

Atlantic Monthly