Silence by Shusaku Endo

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 A novel of historical fiction, it is the story of a Jesuit missionary sent to seventeenth century Japan, who endured persecution that followed the defeat of the Shimbara Rebellion.


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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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