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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Humorous
  • Language:English
  • Pages:218
  • eBook ISBN:9784902075632

Blue Bamboo: Tales by Dazai Osamu

by Osamu Dazai

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Overview
The majority of these translations were first published by Kodansha International in 1993, as Blue Bamboo: Tales of Fantasy and Romance, which has been out of print for decades now. The prior translations have been massively revised by the translator, and new material added to make this a book that reveals an intelligent and humorous Dazai seldom encountered in existing English translations.
Description
Scholars and fans often divide the career of Dazai Osamu (1909-1948) into three periods--early, middle, and late. The early and late periods tend to get all the attention, but in fact Dazai was at his very best in the middle period, which corresponds roughly to the years of the Pacific War. All the stories in this collection, with the exception of the early "Romanesque," were written during that time. The majority of these translations were first published by Kodansha International in 1993, as Blue Bamboo: Tales of Fantasy and Romance, which has been out of print for decades now. The prior translations have been massively revised by the translator, and new material added to make this a book that reveals an intelligent and humorous Dazai seldom encountered in existing English translations.
About the author
One of the foremost fiction writers of 20th-century Japan, Dazai (1909-1948) is probably most famous for his ironic and gloomy wit. His best-known work, The Setting Sun was published in 1947, brilliantly depicting the decline of the Japanese nobility after World War II. Based on the diary of lover Shizuko Ota, who mothered his daughter Haruko in 1947, it made Dazai a nationwide celebrity. In spite of the "gloom and doom" atmosphere always cited in reviews of The Setting Sun and the later No Longer Human (1948), though, Dazai's cutting wit and rich humor are evident in the entire body of his work. His literature depicts the human condition in painfully blunt and realistic terms, but, like life itself, is often accompanied by a smile.
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