The Setting Sun (Paperback)

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By Osamu Dazai, Donald Keene (Translated by)
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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.

About the Author

Osamu Dazai (1909-1948) was a 20th century Japanese novelist.

Donald Keene is a distinguished translator of Japanese.

Praise For…

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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780811200325
ISBN-10: 0811200329
Publisher: New Directions
Publication Date:
Pages: 174
Language: English
Series: New Directions Book