Deep River by Shusaku Endo

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"Endo has successfully dramatized the discovery that the sacred river of humanity flows within ourselves."—National Catholic Reporter

In this moving novel, a group of Japanese tourists, each of whom is wrestling with his or her own demons, travels to the River Ganges on a pilgrimage of grace.
 

About Shusaku Endo

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Shusaku Endo was born in Tokyo in 1923 and died in 1996. After his parents divorced, he and his mother converted to Catholicism-a faith which is central to many of his tales. He is widely regarded as Japan's leading writer and has won all his country's major literary prizes, including the Akutagawa, the Noma, the Shincho, and the Tanizaki.
 
Published January 1, 1995 by New Directions. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, History. Fiction

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The book investigates the role religion plays in contemporary Japan, where relatives attending a funeral politely question the Buddhist priest conducting the service, while ``not one of them really believed anything the priest was saying.'' As the trip gets under way, more disquiets are explored:...

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Publishers Weekly

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Japanese novelist Endo combines a harsh critique of the emptiness in modern lives with a religious vision of spiritual rebirth.

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Kiguchi cannot escape the fact that with a painful past comes painful memories -- those that involve his gruesome wartime experiences in Burma, and Mitsuko is a woman who is in search of reconciliation, but realizes she is incapable of loving another person, and is content to live the life of a ...

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Endo never seems to fail when it comes to his novels’ structure, in that he attempts different forms from multiple angles, and in doing so, he offers a larger landscape, yet never neglects the immediate and intimate that lives within his characters.

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He even admits his inability to see his wife as a woman, and after giving a speech at a banquet comparing a wife to that of air (in that one cannot live without it, yet air is something that should not be seen nor heard, and if a wife can be as air, then there will never be troubles between a hus...

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Los Angeles Times

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For Western readers, Shusaku Endo has long been one of the most accessible Japanese novelists, and not just because of his straightforward style and deft, economical plotting.

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