Osamu Dazai


Born
in Tsugaru /Kanagi, Japan
June 19, 1909

Died
June 13, 1948

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Osamu DAZAI (太宰 治, real name Shūji TSUSHIMA) 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 Shayō (The Setting Sun) and Ningen Shikkaku (No Longer Human), 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 books also bring about awareness to a number of important topics such as human nature, mental illness, social relationships, and postwar Japan.

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No Longer Human

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4.08 avg rating — 11,021 ratings — published 1948 — 80 editions
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The Setting Sun

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3.89 avg rating — 3,777 ratings — published 1947 — 44 editions
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Schoolgirl

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3.91 avg rating — 1,146 ratings — published 1939 — 16 editions
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Blue Bamboo: Japanese Tales...

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Run, Melos! and Other Stories

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Otogizōshi: The Fairy Tale ...

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3.92 avg rating — 221 ratings — published 1945 — 8 editions
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Self Portraits: Tales from ...

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Return to Tsugaru: Travels ...

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Ocho escenas de Tokio

4.02 avg rating — 81 ratings — published 1941 — 3 editions
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“This I want to believe implicitly: Man was born for love and revolution.”
Osamu Dazai, The Setting Sun

“I am convinced that human life is filled with many pure, happy, serene examples of insincerity, truly splendid of their kind-of people deceiving one another without (strangely enough) any wounds being inflicted, of people who seem unaware even that they are deceiving one another.”
Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human

“Now I have neither happiness nor unhappiness.

Everything passes.

That is the one and only thing that I have thought resembled a truth in the society of human beings where I have dwelled up to now as in a burning hell.

Everything passes.”
Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human

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