Silence

Shusaku Endo

Translated by William Johnston
4.08 based on 80 ratings & 19 reviews on Goodreads.com
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29 December 2016
9781447299844
304 pages
Synopsis

Now a major motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Liam Neeson, Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield.

With an introduction by Martin Scorsese

'One of the finest historical novels written by anyone, anywhere . . . Flawless' - David Mitchell

Father Rodrigues is an idealistic Portuguese Jesuit priest who, in the 1640s, sets sail for Japan on a determined mission to help the brutally oppressed Japanese Christians and to discover the truth behind unthinkable rumours that his famous teacher Ferreira has renounced his faith. Once faced with the realities of religious persecution Rodrigues himself is forced to make an impossible choice: whether to abandon his flock or his God.

Winner of the 1966 Tanizaki Prize, Silence is Shusaku Endo's most highly acclaimed novel and a classic of its genre. It caused major controversy in Japan following its publication in 1967.

One of the finest historical novels written by anyone, anywhere . . . Flawless

David Mitchell, author of CLOUD ATLAS and THE BONE CLOCKS

This is a masterpiece. There can be no higher praise

Daily Telegraph