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Item Number: 21644

Catalog Code: 9781250082244

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Average Rating: This item received 4 stars overall.

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Silence is a 1966 novel of historical fiction by acclaimed Japanese author Shusaku Endo drawn from the oral histories of Kakure Kirishitan and Hanare Kirishitan communities in Japan. It is the story of a fictional Jesuit missionary sent to seventeenth century Japan, who endured persecution in the time of Kakure Kirishitan ("Hidden Christians") that followed the defeat of the Shimabara Rebellion. The recipient of the 1966 Tanizaki Prize, it has been called "Endo’s supreme achievement" and "one of the twentieth century’s finest novels". Written mostly in the form of a letter by its central character, the theme of a silent God who accompanies a believer in adversity was greatly influenced by the Catholic Endo's experience of religious discrimination in Japan, racism in France and debilitating tuberculosis.


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Review Provided By - THE Catholic Book Review Site

This item received 4 stars overall. Valorizing apostasy is not good, but Silence is inescapably a struggle with Catholic faith, too.

Silence is probably Shusaku Endo’s best-known work in both America and Japan, followed by his last novel, Deep River.  The novel is set in Japan during the early years of the Tokugawa Shogunate, when Ieyasu successfully purged his regime of all foreigners and Christians, killing thousands and driving many thousands more underground.  Hearing that a leading Jesuit, Fr. Ferreira, has apostasized under persecution in Japan, fathers Garrpe and Rodrigues are sent to verify the reports.  Their guide is an alcoholic named Kichijiro, whose weakness they both distrust, but who has been baptized and does help them find underground Christians in JapanFull Review...

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