Shame: Part 1
Osamu Dazai is one of Japan’s most famous writers of the 20th century. In this episode, we introduce one of his short stories, "Shame." It is written from the first-person point of view of a female, a style very rare for Dazai. Even with a simple plot, this story about a young woman’s fan letter to a male novelist unfolds comically and expresses the longing for innocence felt by women in those days, and the reader is drawn to the story with its multi-layered interpretations that are unique to Dazai. This was Dazai’s last short story collection before Japan lost World War II, ushering in a changing of the times. After that, his novels came to be characterized bya sense of emptiness and decadence. (This program was broadcast on October 19, 2019.)