The Samurai

Shusaku Endo (Author) Van C Gessel (Translator)
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Product Details

Price
$15.95  $14.67
Publisher
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
August 28, 2018
Pages
272
Dimensions
5.4 X 0.7 X 8.2 inches | 0.7 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780811227902
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About the Author

Shusaku Endo, born in Tokyo in 1923, was raised by his mother and an aunt in Kobe where he converted to Roman Catholicism at the age of eleven. At Tokyo's Keio University he majored in French literature, graduating BA in 1949, before furthering his studies in French Catholic literature at the University of Lyon in France between 1950 and 1953. Before his death in 1996, Endo was the recipient of a number of outstanding Japanese literary awards: the Akutagawa Prize, Mainichi Cultural Prize, Shincho Prize, and the Tanizaki Prize, and was widely considered the greatest Japanese novelist of his time.
Van C. Gessel has published six translations of works by Endo.

Reviews

A narrative of austere power.--Adam Mars-Jones
A historical fiction with meanings for many cultures and all seasons, and a great travel narrative; its re-creations of place, from marshy north-east Japan, to the storm-tossed eastern and western oceans, to the deserts of Central Mexico, to the pomps of Baroque Madrid and Rome, are extraordinary. The Samurai is animated by a rich and full spiritual vision.
Endo to my mind is one of the finest living novelists.--Graham Greene
Thick with adventure.-- (07/17/2018)