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Features 11 outstanding works by Osamu Dazai, widely regarded as one of 20th century Japan's most gifted writers and a master teller of tales. Dazai experimented with a wide variety of short story styles and brought to each a sophisticated sense of humor, a broad empathy for the human condition, and a tremendous literary talent. This book showcases a range of his styles fr ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 1st 1900 by Tuttle Publishing
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May 30, 2015 David rated it really liked it
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I'd first encountered Lane Dunlop's translation of "Memories" in A Late Chrysanthemum: Twenty-One Stories from the Japanese. I didn't remember this little paragraph:
"A busy man, my father was seldom at home. Even when he was, he usually didn't bother about his children. I once wanted a fountain pen like his, but was too afraid to ask for one. After wrestling with the problem, I fell back on pretending to talk in my sleep. Lying in bed one evening, I kept murmuring, Fountain pen ... fountain pen
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Apr 07, 2009 Gertrude & Victoria rated it really liked it
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This collection of short stories, Crackling Mountain and Other Stories, by Dazai Osamu is a witty display of prose writing. Many of his stories are retellings of older Japanese classics. With it he sets the criterion for the ingenious use of ironic humor, which, in the case of Dazai, is always dark.

The last story in this collection, Crackling Mountain delves into the notion of vengence. The story is amusing with animals taking the lead roles, as they so often do in his narratives. Here our main
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Eric Hinkle
Apr 07, 2014 Eric Hinkle rated it really liked it
Most people seem to start with No Longer Human when reading Dazai, but I chose this one because it was cheaper (and I love short stories, of course). I'm glad, because it's a really diverse collection of brilliant stories. He's more comical than I expected (the author died young from a double suicide), but just as poignant as I figured. I'd definitely recommend this book, although I must say that I found the translator's notes prefacing every single story to be almost completely unnecessary.

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Nov 06, 2013 Joni rated it liked it
Some good ones - Memories, The Sound of Hammering - though most of these are lost on me through heavy references to old Japanese folklore that I know nothing about.
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Apr 29, 2011 Hudson Gardner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A potent bunch of stories come together to give a funny view on things: sometimes insightful, and sometimes just another thing to laugh about.
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Osamu DAZAI (太宰 治) was the pen name of Shūji Tsushima. Although his father wanted him to be a politician, he insisted on being an author. When he applied to the Tokyo University French Literature Department, he was 20 years old. For most of his lifetime, he was a drug addict, an alcoholic and a sufferer of tubercolosis.

His last book Ningen Shikkaku (No Longer Human)(1948) is an authobiography. It
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