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The Setting Sun


The Setting Sun

斜陽しゃよう


Osamu Dazai

太宰だざい おさむ [1909 - 1948]


After World War II, a small aristocratic family in Japan has lost all of their money. The family consists of three people: Kazuko, her brother Naoji, and their mother. Naoji is a soldier in the South Pacific and is absent throughout much of the beginning of the novel. Kazuko was married once before, but she divorced.


I Snake

II Fire

III Moonflowers

IV Letters

V The Lady

VI Outbreak of Hostilities

VII The Testament, Victims


The Setting Sun

I Snake


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The Setting Sun

II Fire


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The Setting Sun

III Moonflowers

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The Setting Sun

IV Letters

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The Setting Sun

V The Lady

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The Setting Sun

VI Outbreak of Hostilities

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The Setting Sun

VII The Testament, Victims

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Osamu Dazai

Osamu Dazai (太宰 治 Dazai Osamu, June 19, 1909 - June 13, 1948) was a Japanese author who is considered one of the foremost fiction writers of 20th-century Japan. A number of his most popular works, such as The Setting Sun (Shayo) and No Longer Human (Ningen Shikkaku), are considered modern-day classics in Japan. With a semi-autobiographical style and transparency into his personal life, Dazai's stories have intrigued the minds of many readers.
His influences include Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Murasaki Shikibu and Fyodor Dostoyevsky. While Dazai continues to be widely celebrated in Japan, he remains relatively unknown elsewhere with only a handful of his works available in English. (Osamu Dazai)

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