Osamu Dazai

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Osamu Dazai (June 19, 1909 – June 13, 1948), was a Japanese author. Dazai was born Tsushima Shūji in Aomori, northeastern Japan.[1] He is best known for his novels The Setting Sun (1947) and No Longer Human (1948).[1] Dazai wrote a number of novels about the meaning of life, pessimism and alcoholism based on his own private life. Dazai remains the most popular author among Japanese college students.[2]

On June 13 1948, he killed himself with his beloved wife. His corpse was discovered on June 19, his birthday, of the same year.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Gary D. Allinson, The Columbia Guide to Modern Japanese History (New York: Columbia University Press, 1999), p. 188
  2. Mamoru Iga, The Thorn in the Chrysanthemum: Suicide and Economic Success in Modern Japan (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986), p. 85