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Dazai Explained

Dazai at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Japanese novelist. He emerged as the literary voice of his time at the end of World War II, capturing the period of postwar confusion when traditional values were discredited. The son of a wealthy landowner and politician, he often used his background as material in his fiction. Tsugaru (1944) is perhaps his best novel. His postwar works--The Setting Sun (1947), Villon's Wife (1947), and No Longer Human (1948)--were increasingly despairing in tone, reflecting the crisis that led to his suicide at 38.