With an introduction by Martin Scorsese
‘And yet our secret mission could with God’s help turn out successful’…’In that stricken land the Christians have lost their priests and are like a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Some one must go to give them courage and to ensure that the tiny flame of faith does not die out.’
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.
Silence is now a major film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver.
'One of the finest historical novels written by anyone, anywhere ...Flawless' - David Mitchell
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 206 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 18 mm
This is a masterpiece. There can be no higher praise * Daily Telegraph *
One of the finest novels of our time -- Graham Greene
A remarkable work . . . sombre, delicate and startlingly empathetic -- John Updike * New Yorker *
Superb and harrowing - his masterpiece * Observer *
A marvellous book . . . Shusaku Endo is giving deep thought to the most basic problems of truth and how in exchanging it among ourselves we misconstruct its nature at every step * Spectator *
Silence is a compelling historical fiction, a potent distillation of the paradoxes and ambiguities of faith and, from a Christian author, a daring challenge to religious orthodoxy. -- 1000 Novels Everyone Must Read * Guardian *
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Silence was my introduction to Endo and I have since read every single book of his I could get hold off as Silence was definitely a 'wow' book.
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