太宰治 斜陽(英文版) ― The Setting Sun

By in 書店員さんコーナー on 2013/07/26


よが世なら、なにはなくとも、恋と革命!
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This poweful novel of a nation in social and moral crisis in the early postwar years probes the transition from a feudal Japan to an industrial society. The influence of this book, often considered Dazai’s masterpiece, made the term “people of the setting sun”  the declining aristocracy  a permanent part of the Japanese language. Dazai’s heroine, Kazuko, the strong-willed young aristocrat who deliberately abandons her class, stands as a symbol of the snomie that pervades so much of the modern world. The distinguished traslator Donald Keene has said of the author’s work: “His world…suggests Chekhov or possibly postwar France…but there is a Japanese sensibility in the choice and presentation of the material. A Dazai novel is at once immediately intelligible in Western terms and quite unlike any Western book.”

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