Return to Tsugaru: Travels of a Purple Tramp

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Kodansha International, 1985 - Authors, Japanese - 189 pages

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During the World War Ⅱ, Dazai travelled to Tsugaru, the very northern part of Honshu, Japan, where he was born and had grown up until he was 14. He wanted to search for his own roots, and having ... Read full review


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Born into a near-aristocratic family whose declining world he depicts in The Setting Sun (1947), Dazai had the means to become an accomplished dilettante and rake. Around 1933 he began to think seriously about writing, but his life was complicated by drug addiction, a string of affairs, and two attempts at suicide. The end of the war brought a change in Dazai, and he produced his finest works, even though his own life was ending because of alcoholism and tuberculosis. The darkness of his works reveals his tortured existence, which he ended by suicide.

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