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Translated by Allison Markin Powell

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The novella that first propelled Dazai into the literary elite of post-war Japan. Essentially the start of Dazai’s career, Schoolgirl gained notoriety for its ironic and inventive use of language. Now it illuminates the prevalent social structures of a lost time, as well as the struggle of the individual against them–a theme that occupied Dazai’s life both personally and professionally. This new translation preserves the playful language of the original and offers the reader a new window into the mind of one of the greatest Japanese authors of the 20th century.

japanese title: Joseito
subjects: Social life and customs, 1912-1945
genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781935548089
OCLC number: 742513417
publisher: One Peace Books
publication place: New York
japanese publication date: 1939
english publication date: 2011
document type: Book
description: 94 p. ; 18 cm.
related: Modern Japanese classics