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Silence

 
 
Author
Shusaku Endo. Martin Scorsese, foreword. William Johnson, trans.
Publisher Peter Owen  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.3 x 4.8 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780720612868
Pages/Publication Date 306/2007
Daedalus Item Code 70140
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(Winner of Japan's prestigious Tanizaki Prize in 1966) The inspiration for the long-awaited film adaptation by Martin Scorsese starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, and Liam Neeson (which has already been named one of the Top 10 films of 2016 by the American Film Institute and the National Board of Review), Silence is regarded as the central masterpiece of Shusaku Endo (1923–96), one of the most celebrated novelists of 20th-century Japan. It is set 300 years earlier—a time when Christianity in Japan was ruthlessly suppressed—as two Portuguese Jesuit priests have come seeking their mentor, who has reportedly renounced his faith under torture. Eventually captured and forced to watch their Japanese brothers endure unimaginable cruelties for their faith, the priests find their own beliefs deeply shaken and impossible to sustain. Endo himself converted to Roman Catholicism at the age of 11, and his profoundly spiritual inquiry explores a vision of Christianity rooted in Japanese culture—one that emphasizes the role of Jesus as the more compassionate side of God, not saving us from suffering but instead suffering alongside us, helping us to bear the burden. In his New York Times obituary for Endo, John Updike called Silence "somber, delicate, and startlingly empathetic." Translator William Johnston, a Jesuit missionary and Endo's contemporary, was an authority on 14th-century spirituality and translated several works from the traditions of both East and West, as well as other works by Endo, and this edition includes a foreword by Scorsese on why this story has continued to haunt him for over 20 years.
 
 
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