SHUSAKU ENDO    Book Number: 86419    Product format: Hardback

Shusaku Endo (1923-1996), is widely regarded as one of the most important Japanese authors of the 20th century and this novel when first published in 1966 aroused controversy, dealing as it does with the persecution of Catholics in 17th century Japan. This masterpiece was made into a film by Martin Scorsese. It tells the story of an idealistic Portuguese Jesuit priest, Father Rodrigues, and his companion Garrpe, who set sail for Japan in 1638 to aid the oppressed Japanese Christians and to discover the fate of Rodrigues's former mentor, the missionary Ferreira, who is rumoured to have rejected 'glorious martyrdom' and apostatised, defeated by the intimidation of the authorities. There is no glory in martyrdom, the missionaries discover, and the deeper Rodrigues journeys into Japan, the more he finds himself questioning God's silence in answer to their prayers and to the suffering of the Japanese Christians. Finally, faced with the brutality of religious persecution, Rodrigues is himself forced to make an impossible choice - to abandon his flock or renounce his God. Described by Graham Greene as "One of the finest novels of our time" the writing is precise, the characterisations sympathetic and everything moves towards a profound imaginative experience. 302pp. Satin pagemarker.
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