THE SETTING SUN  by Osamu Dazai  (Author), Donald Keene (Translator)

THE SETTING SUN by Osamu Dazai (Author), Donald Keene (Translator)

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  • Softcover
  • Publisher: New Directions
  • Publication Date: 1956
  • ISBN: 9780811200325

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.