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SILENCE is the most important novel of the acclaimed Japanese author Shusaku Endo. A Japanese Catholic, Endo tells the story of two seventeenth-century missionaries attempting to shore up the oppressed Japanese Christian movement. Father Rodrigues has come to Japan to find the truth behind unthinkable rumours that his famous teacher Ferreira has renounced his faith. But after his arrival he discovers that the only way to help the brutally persecuted Christians may be to apostatize himself. - SILENCE caused considerable ...

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Gordon T

Aug 10, 2013

Silence - Endo

Written by a Japanese Catholic about the Jesuit missionaries who ministered to Japanese converts in secret in the 17th century. When caught they were tortured to persuade them to give up their faith. The principal character faces this ordeal. The English translation reads very well. Absorbing.


Apr 25, 2007


Shusaku Endo provides an emotional view in the treatment of Christians in Asia. It is compelling. You won't want to put this one down until you've finished.

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