• Wonderful Fool

Gaston Bonaparte, a young Frenchman, visits Tokyo to stay with his pen-friend Takamori. His appearance is a bitter disappointment to his new friends and his behaviour causes them acute embarrassment, in Endo's most satirical novel about the clash of cultures.

Gaston, a trusting person, eschews sightseeing and instead spends his time befriending street children, stray dogs, prostitutes and gangsters. In the face of deceit and betrayal, can he maintain his trust in the world?


Translated from the Japanese by Francis Mathy

‘Endo to my mind is one of the finest living novelists.’ — Graham Greene
‘The Japanese writer who appeals most to an audience outside Japan. Everything I have read of Endo’s is memorable. He never disappoints.’ — Anthony Thwaite
‘Endo’s vision of Gaston as a Christ-like figure, reincarnated in “mudswamp Japan”, is funny, exotic and moving.’ — Sunday Times


Known as the Japanese Graham Greene, SHUSAKU ENDO was born in Tokyo in 1923. Widely regarded as the most distinguished of contemporary Japanese writers he won many major literary prizes during his lifetime. His books, which have been translated into twenty-eight languages, include Silence, The Sea and Poison, Deep River, Scandal and The Samurai. Short-listed for the Nobel Prize on several occasions, he was elected to the Nihon Geijutsuin, the Japanese Arts Academy in 1981 and was also a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He died in 1996.
Bibliographic Data
Date Published 6th August 2008
ISBN Number 9780720613209
Pages 240

Wonderful Fool

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