The Setting Sun

The Setting Sun


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9780811200325
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 01/28/1968
Edition description: REVISED
Pages: 1
Sales rank: 71,565
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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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The Setting Sun 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Falcon and Moon followed Star and Storm for a while ways. They stopped at an old fox's den, but the smell had eroded away and merged into thick scent of Star and Storm. Flowers and grass grew around the roots of the tree. The den was in the roots, they were large roots that arched over formed an opening to the hollow, roomy, den. Star padded inside and came back out shortly. The youngest kittens cocked their head questionly when she returned with a awkward looking, smooth skinned, long legged, dead animal. "It's a frog," Star explained, "you peel off the skin and eat the insides." | really sorry to anyone who loves frogs!| <p> Moon took one sniff of the frog abd backed away. She wrinkled her face. "That's disgusting!" <p> "You just have to get used to it. That's all." Storm bent down, and took a bite. Star bumped him over playfully and joined him in his meal. "I have some mice in the den if you would rather have those." The kits nodded gratefully and ran into the den. <p> Falcon sniffed a mossbed after eating his share of mouse. He stepped in and layed down, and rested his head on his paws. "Falcon!" Moon scolded, "that's their nest!" Falcon was already fast asleep though, lethargic after the long and bitter day of walking. Moon realized how tired she was as well, so she layed next to him, never meaning to fall asleep. But of course she did eventualy.
NSW More than 1 year ago
Powerful and beautiful novel by one of the most brilliant Japanese writers. Addresses moral and social issues through characters who are the "victims of a transitional period in morality". Poetic and poignant depictions of their every day life. Dark yet we find hope in Kazuko's determination to struggle. Tradition vs. Modern. Wealthy vs. Struggling. Aristocrat vs. Commoner. Secrets and lies vs. Integrity and authenticity. Life vs. Death. Explores the heart and depth of the postwar struggles with an authentic voice.