The Setting Sun (New Directions Book)

The Setting Sun (New Directions Book)

The Setting Sun (New Directions Book)

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.

Review
“Written with beauty, refinement, and force: a work of unmistakable distinction…” (Atlantic Monthly)

From the Back Cover
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.

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

Donald Keene is a distinguished translator of Japanese.

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