(IBList user synopsis):
The Setting Sun is a tragic story which takes place during the cultural transition that followed WWII in Japan. The narrator, Kazuko, was born into an aristocratic family which was gradually reduced to poverty after her fathers death. Over the course of the novel she sees the world she is familiar with crumble around her. The characters are generally self-restrained, so a large portion of the book takes place within letters and journals.
Original title: 斜陽 (Shayu)
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics