Osamu Dazai (?? ?, Dazai Osamu, June 19, 1909 – June 13, 1948) was a Japanese author who is considered one of the foremost fiction writers of 20th-century Japan.
A number of his most popular works, such as The Setting Sun (Shayo) and No Longer Human (Ningen Shikkaku), are considered modern-day classics in Japan.
With a semi-autobiographical style and transparency into his personal life, Dazai's stories have intrigued the minds of many readers.
His influences include Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Murasaki Shikibu and Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
While Dazai continues to be widely celebrated in Japan, he remains relatively unknown elsewhere with only a handful of his works available in English.