Suguro is an eminent Catholic novelist, about to receive a major literary award. So when a drunk woman he has never met before approaches him at the award ceremony, claiming she knows him well from his regular visits to Tokyo’s red-light district, she must surely be mistaken?
But with a scurrilous press campaign damaging Suguro’s reputation, his sleazy doppelganger appears more and more, as if deliberately trying to discredit him. He is sighted touring the love hotels and brothels of Shinjuku; a leering portrait of him appears in an exhibition — and Suguro is forced to undertake a journey into Tokyo’s seedy heart in order to discover the dreadful truth.
Well known for his novel Silence, which is to be filmed by Martin Scorsese, Endo here abandons his characteristic understated style in order to write a dark metaphysical and psychological thriller that is reckoned to be one of his best — and most original — works.
Translated from the Japanese by Van C. Gessel
With a foreword by Damian Flanagan
‘At once a sinister thriller and an elegant disquisition on identity and the nature of evil, Scandal represents Endo’s determination to turn the novelist’s gaze inwards. It is not enough, he suggests, to look fiercely into the outer world; if the writer fails to recognize his own capacity for evil, he is ultimately a fraud.– Olivia Laing, TLS
‘Endo’s Catholicism and tireless grappling with the nature of guilt, sin, love and redemption, as well as the effortlessly luminous quality of his prose, meant that the writer he was most routinely compared with in the west was Graham Greene. But with its unsettling, dreamlike mood, playful self-referentiality and ingeniously engineered plot mechanics – Suguro is shown at his writing desk “hunched like a watchmaker” – Scandal might more usefully be compared to one of Paul Auster’s metaphysical detective stories. ‘ ***** – Independent on Sunday
‘A remarkable work . . . Endo is one of the best novelists in the world.’ — Francis King, Spectator
‘Endo is a great thriller writer . . . Spine-chilling, erotic, cruel, full of intellectual games . . . very powerful.’ — Sunday Telegraph
‘Scandal is a subtle, eerie and fascinating book by a writer of rare perception and disquieting honesty.’ — John Walsh, London Evening Standard
‘Endo’s most remarkable novel . . . a superb dramatic triumph, a perfect plaiting of strands into a single, most delicate crowned knot.’ — Independent
SHUSAKU ENDO is widely regarded as one of the greatest Japanese authors of the late twentieth 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 twenty-eight languages, include The Sea and Poison, Wonderful Fool, Deep River and Silence. He died in 1996.
|Date Published||10th April 2006|
- Product Code: Paperback
- Author: Shusaku Endo