A powerful and beautifully written novel of Japan that deals with the impoverished years following the war and depicts a...

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THE SETTING SUN

A powerful and beautifully written novel of Japan that deals with the impoverished years following the war and depicts a sort of Japanese lost generation, in the disruption of the old moral and spiritual beliefs...To Kazuku the words ""we are victims of a transitional period in morality"" summed up the wrongs in her own life and in that of Uehara, the dissolute writer from the peasant class whom she chooses to father her child, and Naoji, her drug-ridden brother. None of them can find a niche in the modern world. The discordant note they strike makes a harsh and unmelodious sound. Kazuku, who seemingly has nothing to live for, resolves on a strange and gallant gesture -- to bear a child as the means of her own salvation, and to give him the affirmation necessary to reconcile his thoughts and feelings to the everyday world...The first two chapters appeared in the August Harper's bazaar.

Pub Date: Sept. 26, 1956

ISBN: 0811200329

Page Count: -

Publisher: New Directions

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1956