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Wish Fulfilled: A Vignette by Osamu Dazai

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As we edge toward the 75th anniversary of Osamu Dazai's death, much of his masterful prose remains surprisingly unknown to most English language readers. This observational vignette written by a youthful Dazai offers a lovely introduction to the introspective master widely known and loved in Japan.

Translated in Japan by Reiko Seri and Doc Kane of Maplopo, this semi-autobio
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Paperback, 18 pages
Published 2019 by Maplopo (first published 1938)
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Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I came across Wish Fulfilled, a self-published translation of a short story by Osamu Dazai, during my periodic search for (new) English translations of his work, which are woefully scarce. It's a lovely little story, filled with—for Dazai—uncharacteristic optimism and hope in the face of addiction. ...more
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A beautiful short story that perfectly embodies the simplicity with which Japanese writers understand and portray deep feelings. But more than that, this book explains, from the point of view of the translators, how they try to not only translate the words but also the context and the interpretation of meaning.
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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 intrigue
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