DescriptionSet 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.
New Directions Publishing Corporation
January 17, 1968
5.2 X 0.49 X 7.98 inches | 0.44 pounds
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About the Author
Osamu Dazai (1909-1948) was a 20th century Japanese novelist.
Donald Keene is a distinguished translator of Japanese.
Written with beauty, refinement, and force: a work of unmistakable distinction...