'What a mount of heartache it is. A volcano resembles human life. In youth it gives rein to passions, and burns with fire. It spurts out lava. But when it grows old, it assumes the burden of those past evil deeds, and it turns quiet as a grave. You younger men can hardly fathom the pathos of this mountain.'
A crucial work in Endo’s oeuvre, Volcano is a powerful novel of ideas as well as a sensitive and moving depiction of the trials of old age.
Two men have lived all their lives under the shadow of the volcano – retired volcanologist Jinpei Suda and apostate Catholic priest Father Durand. Both struggle in their old age to come to terms with the regrets of their lives. As the two men sense their mortality, the Akadake Volcano begins to waken.
‘Demonstrates that the novelist can be a poet as well as a biographer, shaping and colouring people and places to suit a transforming, individual vision of life.’ – Sunday Times
‘The stylistic simplicity with which Endo relates his parable is one mark of his writing genius.’ – Evening Standard
‘A most intelligent and distinguished work.’ – Allan Massie, The Scotsman
‘Uncommonly interesting.’ – The Universe
‘A highly readable, moving novel.’ – Publishers Weekly
SHUSAKU ENDO (1923-1996) 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 Silence, The Sea and Poison, Wonderful Fool, Deep River and The Samurai. He died in 1996.
|Date Published||31st October 2011|