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The Setting Sun

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The Setting Sun

By  Osamu Dazai , Translated by  Donald Keene
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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.

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

Donald Keene is a distinguished translator of Japanese.

ISBN: 9780811200325

ISBN-10: 9780811200325

Publisher: New Directions

Publication Date: 01/17/1968 - 12:00am

On Sale: 01/17/1968 - 12:00am

Pages: 174

Language: English


Fiction / Literary

Fiction / Classics

Fiction / Coming of Age

Literary Collections / Asian / Japanese

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