“Silence: A Novel” by Shūsaku Endō

Sunday, 01 Jul 2018

Since director Martin Scorsese turned it into a film last year, many have written about Shūsaku Endō’s novel Silence. The novel is a compelling story that addresses two important questions by depicting the thoughts, emotions, and struggles of real historical characters and events. The novel combines personal letters and narrative prose, all from the perspective of Jesuit priest Sebastião Rodrigues. In this novel, Japan is in the midst of trying to stop the spread of Roman Catholicism by forcing any priests who refuse to leave to apostatize. Rodrigues and fellow priest Francisco ...

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