Shusaku Endo
Peter Owen, London, 2007, 1969, English; originally published 1966 in Japanese
ISBN: 9780720612868

From the Publisher. Silence is the most important novel of the acclaimed Japanese author Shusaku Endo. It caused a major controversy in Japan following its publication in 1967. A Japanese Catholic, Endo tells the story of two seventeenth-century missionaries attempting to shore up the oppressed Japanese Christian movement. Father Rodrigues has come to Japan to find the truth behind unthinkable rumours that his famous teacher Ferreira has renounced his faith. But after his arrival he discovers that the only way to help the brutally persecuted Christians may be to apostatize himself. Translated by William Johnston.

Shusaku Endo is widely regarded as one of the greatest Japanese authors of the late twentieth century. Born in 1923, 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 Silence. He died in 1996.

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