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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4.11 avg rating — 19,469 ratings — published 1948 — 128 editions
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The Setting Sun

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3.85 avg rating — 6,133 ratings — published 1947 — 52 editions
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Schoolgirl

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3.89 avg rating — 1,917 ratings — published 1939 — 22 editions
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Blue Bamboo: Japanese Tales...

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Run, Melos! and Other Stories

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3.96 avg rating — 416 ratings — published 1940 — 19 editions
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Otogizōshi: The Fairy Tale ...

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3.93 avg rating — 348 ratings — published 1945 — 10 editions
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3.91 avg rating — 233 ratings — published 1989 — 9 editions
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Self Portraits: Tales from ...

4.41 avg rating — 159 ratings — published 1991 — 4 editions
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3.82 avg rating — 204 ratings — published 1944 — 11 editions
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Ocho escenas de Tokio

4.03 avg rating — 119 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

“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

“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

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