[ book ] Silence

February 17, 2017

Silence


Published in 1966 by famed Japanese author Shusaku Endo (1923-96)—and long considered a masterpiece—Silence is set in a tightly-held traditional Japan and tells the disturbing story of Jesuit missionaries and their so-called kakure kirishitan (hidden Christian) converts. Throughout the course of the narrative, they endure terrible persecution and are forced to confront the nature of their faith, and the overarching consequences of that faith, head on.

 

Endo was a practising Catholic when Christians comprised less than one per cent of the entire Japanese population.


This latest paperback reprint includes a foreword from Hollywood director Martin Scorsese. 

 

 

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