The Setting Sun
by Osamu Dazai
Translated by Donald Keene
Set in the early postwar years, it probes the destructive effects of war and the transition from a feudal Japan to an industrial society. Osamu 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.
Paperback: 174 Pages
Product Dimensions: 135 x 205 mm
Published by New Directions Publishing