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Columbia University Press
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5.5 X 8.4 X 1.1 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Endō Shūsaku (1923-1996) was Japan's leading Christian writer, a prolific author of novels, stories, and plays. Among his translated works are The Samurai, Deep River, Wonderful Fool, and Foreign Studies. His best-known novel, Silence, was adapted into a film by Martin Scorsese in 2017.

Van C. Gessel is professor of Japanese at Brigham Young University. He has translated eight of Endō's works, including Kiku's Prayer (Columbia, 2012). In 2018 he received an imperial decoration, Order of the Rising Sun.


An important work of historical fiction that raises profound questions about the moral legitimation and human cost of war, transnational relationships, and the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.--Kevin M. Doak, author of A History of Nationalism in Modern Japan: Placing the People
Beautifully translated by Van Gessel, the doyen of Endō scholars, Sachiko confirms once again the stature of this prolific author. The parallel stories bring a fresh urgency to Endō's profound understanding of the conflicting aims of culture and spirituality.--J. Thomas Rimer, coeditor of The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Literature
Set during World War II in Nagasaki and Auschwitz, Endō's novel Sachiko provides a powerful portrait of a woman who pursued a life of faith, hope, and love. This translation highlights Van Gessel's deep compassion and understanding of Japanese history, tradition, and culture. I cannot more highly recommend this outstanding and delicate translation.--Emi Mase-Hasegawa, author of Christ in Japanese Culture: Theological Themes in Shusaku Endo's Literary Works
Ever since his arrival on the literary scene in the 1950s, Endō has continued to fascinate and challenge his readership in equal measure. In the wake of Martin Scorsese's recent movie adaptation of his best-selling work, Silence, interest in Endō's oeuvre has been renewed and Sachiko provides us with further evidence of the author's extraordinary storytelling ability.--Mark Williams, author of Endō Shūsaku: A Literature of Reconciliation