Less than half of the book is the written journal of Rodrigues, while the other half of the book is written either in the third personor in the letters of others associated with the narrative. The novel relates the trials of Christians and the increasing hardship suffered by Rodrigues. Rodrigues and his companion Francisco Garupe also a Jesuit priest arrive in Japan in
The shogunate was violently opposed to this sort of proselytism: Christianity was outlawed in the country and the slightest sign of piety was punishable by imprisonment, torture and death. Fathers Rodrigues and Garrpe arrive in Japan by way of Macao after hearing word that a previous missionary and former mentor, Father Ferreira, had apostatized renounced his faith.
But not even the Book of Job could prepare them for the challenges, both of body and spirit, that lay ahead.
It is important to mention that this edition of Silence is a re-release of the original translation by William Johnston, complete with his excellent and contextualizing introduction. In the novel, Kichijiro, a pestering but Christian local shadows Rodrigues and Garrpe, tempting them with unanswerable problems of faith: Why has Our Lord imposed this torture and this persecution on poor Japanese peasants?
No, Kichijiro was trying to express something different, something even more sickening. The silence of God.
Endo is often heavy-handed with his metaphors. What does the fly mean, Endo seems to ask us, again and again. Silence remains a small sort of masterpiece in its presentation of an expansive theological discussion in such a simplified, accessible way. Although there may be only one way to give Silence a deep reading, the wide range of unleashed ideas will speak volumes.Silence is a modern classic by Shusaku Endo.
On the cover a crucified Jesus hangs from Japanese writing characters. On the cover a crucified Jesus hangs from Japanese writing characters. My friend, Carol, recommended this book to me awhile back and I've had it sitting on my bookshelf/5(K).
About Shūsaku Endō: Shusaku Endo (遠藤 周作), born in Tokyo in , was raised by his mother and an aunt in Kobe where he converted to Roman Catholicism at 4/5(K). This silence of Jesus who passes by at the moment of persecution is the theme of Shusaku Endo’s elegantly written, gripping, and much-acclaimed novel, Silence (a film adaptation of which, directed by Martin Scorsese, will appear in ).
The scene of Endo’s novel, however, is 17th-century Japan rather than China, and his missionaries. Tanizaki Prize – Silence (沈黙, Chinmoku) Order of St.
Sylvester; Order of Culture (文化勲章) Museum. The Syusaku Endo Literature Museum, in Sotome, Nagasaki, is devoted to the writer's life and works. Bibliography. Morton, Leith (November ).
The. Novelist Shusaku Endo sought a Christianity that speaks to the Japanese soul. Professor Emeritus of English Luke Reinsma reflects on Endo's great novel. Shusaku Endo's New York Times bestselling classic novel of enduring faith in dangerous times, soon to be a major motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver "Silence I regard as a masterpiece, a lucid and elegant drama."-Reviews: