Silence by Shusaku Endo

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Shusaku Endo's classic novel of enduring faith in dangerous times, soon to be a major motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver

"Silence I regard as a masterpiece, a lucid and elegant drama."-The New York Review of Books

Seventeenth-century Japan: Two Portuguese Jesuit priests travel to a country hostile to their religion, where feudal lords force the faithful to publicly renounce their beliefs. Eventually captured and forced to watch their Japanese Christian brothers lay down their lives for their faith, the priests bear witness to unimaginable cruelties that test their own beliefs. Shusaku Endo is one of the most celebrated and well-known Japanese fiction writers of the twentieth century, and Silence is widely considered to be his great masterpiece.


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Shusaku Endo (1923–1996) is one of the most important Japanese authors of the late 20th century. He won many major literary awards and was nominated for the Nobel Prize several times. His novels, which have been translated into 28 languages, include The Sea and Poison, Wonderful Fool, Deep River, and The Samurai. His masterpiece Silence has recently been filmed by director Martin Scorsese.
Published January 1, 1976 by Quartet Books Limited. 306 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Graham Greene readers will recognize the languor of Endo's pessimistic Catholicism in this tale of missionaries in 14th-century Japan.

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Mouse is Father Kolbe, who was a missionary in Japan for some years before returning to Europe: he died in Auschwitz, where he volunteered - like Kisuke - to take a fellow prisoner's place in a fateful cage known as the hunger-bunker.

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