Shusaku Endo

SHUSAKU ENDO (1923–1996) is widely regarded as one of the most important Japanese authors of the late twentieth century. He won many major literary awards and was nominated for the Nobel Prize several times. His novels, which have been translated into twenty-eight languages, include Silence, The Sea and Poison, Wonderful Fool, Deep River and The Samurai

Endo was born in Tokyo. After spending his childhood in Manchuria, he was returned to Japan when his parents divorced. In Japan his mother had him baptized as a Catholic, and his later personal struggles with Catholicism, a religion alien to Japan, would be at the heart of many of his novels, leading critics to label him as Japan's Graham Greene. During the Second World War Endo worked in a munitions factory. His work there may have precipitated the complications to his health that were to plague the rest of his life. After the war Endo travelled Europe as a student. His experiences further augmented his conception of being an outsider. Soon after completing his studies, he gained first success as a novelist, winning the Akutagawa Prize, and then notoriety for his novel The Sea and Poison, based on the true story of Japanese surgeons who performed experimental vivisections on American prisoners of war. For many years his work was championed by his friend and agent the publisher Peter Owen, as well as Graham Green. His masterpiece Silence has recently been filmed by director Martin Scorsese, a cherished project the esteemed director has worked towards for decades.





Foreign Studies

Foreign Studies

In the early 1950s Shusaku Endo spent several years as an exchange student studying in Paris. Around..

Scandal

Scandal

Suguro is an eminent Catholic novelist, about to receive a major literary award. So when a drunk wom..

Silence (Special Film Tie-in Edition)

Silence (Special Film Tie-in Edition)

‘One of the finest novels of our time.’ — Graham Greene A special hardback edition of Shusaku End..

The Samurai

The Samurai

‘Genius . . . makes the imagination take wing.’ — Mail On Sunday In 1613, four low-ranking Japa..

The Sea And Poison

The Sea And Poison

On the first day of First Surgery’s project, three prisoners were scheduled for operations. The aims..

Volcano

Volcano

'What a mount of heartache it is. A volcano resembles human life. In youth it gives rein to passions..

When I Whistle

When I Whistle

‘Like a Cezanne still-life or some of Picasso’s pen-and-ink drawings this approaches perfection thro..

Wonderful Fool

Wonderful Fool

Gaston Bonaparte, a young Frenchman, visits Tokyo to stay with his pen-friend Takamori. His appearan..

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