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Silence - Shusaku Endo

Paperback Published: 25th October 2016
ISBN: 9781447299844
Number Of Pages: 304

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With an introduction by Martin Scorsese.

Father Rodrigues is an idealistic Portuguese Jesuit priest who, in the 1640s, sets sail for Japan on a determined mission to help the brutally oppressed Japanese Christians and to discover the truth behind unthinkable rumours that his famous teacher Ferreira has renounced his faith. Once faced with the realities of religious persecution Rodrigues himself is forced to make an impossible choice: whether to abandon his flock or his God.

Winner of the 1966 Tanizaki Prize, Silence is Shusaku Endo's most highly acclaimed novel and a classic of its genre. It caused major controversy in Japan following its publication in 1967.

About the Author

Shusaku Endo is widely regarded as one of the greatest Japanese authors of the late 20th 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.

Industry Reviews

One of the finest historical novels written by anyone, anywhere ... Flawless -- David Mitchell, author of CLOUD ATLAS and THE BONE CLOCKS

This is a masterpiece. There can be no higher praise Daily Telegraph

One of the finest novels of our time -- Graham Greene

A remarkable work ... sombre, delicate and startlingly empathetic -- John Updike New Yorker

Superb and harrowing - his masterpiece Observer

A marvellous book ... Shusaku Endo is giving deep thought to the most basic problems of truth and how in exchanging it among ourselves we misconstruct its nature at every step Spectator

Silence is a compelling historical fiction, a potent distillation of the paradoxes and ambiguities of faith and, from a Christian author, a daring challenge to religious orthodoxy. -- 1000 Novels Everyone Must Read Guardian

Thought-provoking read if you have a faith


Draws you in and ponders questions we all have who have a faith. Not sure you came away with answers.

Adelaide South Australia



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ISBN: 9781447299844
ISBN-10: 1447299841
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 25th October 2016
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Type: Media tie-in