Review of Osamu Dazai’s The Setting Sun

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Osamu Dazai was the pen name used by Shuji Tsushima, who lived a brief and tempestuous life between 1909-48 which featured repeated suicide attempts and bouts of wine, women and song on an apparently epic basis. Although he did not manage to finish his undergraduate degree, he did achieve fame through his writing, with a series of well-regarded short stories being published and, then, his novels. Much of his fiction focuses on events from his own life and it appears he was acutely aware of the changes taking place in Japanese society and how it was increasingly alienating people like him and the class of which he considered himself a representative.

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