"Endo to my mind is one of the finest living novelists." —Graham Greene In 1613, four low-ranking Japanese Samurai, accompanied by a Spanish priest, set sail for Mexico on an unprecedented mission: to bargain for a Catholic crusade through Japan in exchange for trading rights with the West. Among the first Japanese ever to set foot in Europe, they travel to Rome and gain an audience with the Pope. All are baptized, hoping to curry favor with their European hosts. But upon returning to Japan, they discover that the Shoguns no longer wish to forge links with the West, nor will they tolerate the Christian religion. The seven-year mission has been in vain. Disgraced and tormented, the Samurai begin to identify deeply with the crucified Christ they formerly reviled. Based on historical fact, this is a powerful examination of the impact of external events on our deepest beliefs.
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Widely regarded as the most distinguished of contemporary Japanese writers and several times shortlisted for the Nobel Prize, Shusaku Endo (1923—1996) won many major literary prizes in his lifetime. His books have been translated into 28 languages and include Deep River, Foreign Studies, Scandal, Silence, The Sea and Poison, and Wonderful Fool.Language Notes:
Text: English, Japanese (translation)
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 1982. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0068598521
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 1982. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First American Edition. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0068598521
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 1982. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110068598521