Inhe would become chief editor of one of these, the prestigious Mita Bungaku. He first attended Waseda University for the stated purpose of studying medicine.
Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures. Novelist Shusaku Endo sought a Christianity that speaks to the Japanese soul. This article first appeared in the Autumn issue of Response. If a gardener were to uproot a Christian sapling from its Western soil in order to transplant it into Japan, would its branches still bear Christian fruit?
If a tailor were to disassemble a Western suit in order to fashion a Japanese kimono, would it still be a suit? These are some of the questions that the Japanese Christian novelist Shusaku Endo asks in his spare and elegant novel Silence, long a staple in the University Scholars program at Seattle Pacific University.
Set in 17th-century Japan at the height of its persecution of Christians, this harrowing account of the Portuguese priest Sebastian Rodrigues ultimately asks the big questions: How should Christians engage a culture when that culture is foreign?
A suit or a kimono? But nowhere are these questions more probing nor their answers more disturbing than in Chinmoku, which won the coveted Tanizaki Prize in and which William Johnston translated three years later into the taut, heart-breaking novel called Silence. Since this melancholy tale of martyrdom is little known in the West, a bit of historical background may be useful.
Europeans first set foot on Japanese soil in when a Portuguese trading vessel heading for China was blown off course and landed on the coast of Kyushu. Soon traders and merchants gained a foothold, and missionaries inevitably followed in their wake. Francis Xavier, one of the leaders of the newly founded Society of Jesus, arrived inand within two years he won a thousand converts.
By the end of the century, however, quarreling missionaries from England, Holland, Spain, and Portugal further threatened the stability of a country already torn apart by the warring daimyo. Inthe Jesuits were ordered to depart, and 10 years later 26 Christians, including six Franciscan missionaries, were crucified at Nagasaki.
Bywhen the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu unified the country, the persecution of Christians began in earnest. Inthe shogun expelled all Christian missionaries and issued an edict requiring all Japanese to register as Buddhists. Hunted down by Japanese inquisitors, nearly 6, of the remaining Christians were tortured and killed.
These survivors were the apostates, the fallen ones. It was a fumie, blackened with the footprints of hundreds of long-forgotten apostates, that caught the eye of Shusaku Endo in the early s, as he visited a museum in Nagasaki that had collected relics of the early martyrs.
Would he, too, have apostatized? But what of the fallen? What of those doubly damned by the silence of God and history alike? Ever since his baptism at the age of 11 at the behest of his mother, Endo often spoke of a faith as awkward as a forced marriage, as uncomfortable as a Western suit of clothes.
Singled out by Japan for his belief and by France for his race, he experienced rejection at every turn. To make matters worse, he contracted tuberculosis while abroad and had a lung removed.
In an ensuing crisis of faith, it seemed to him as if Christianity itself had made him ill. Only upon returning to his country by way of the Holy Land did he discover, as he would write in his popular Life of Jesusa Jesus as scorned, rejected, and betrayed as he.Silence: A Novel (Picador Classics) by Endo, Shusaku.
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Shusaku Endo's 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 "I think about Silence, and Endo's work more generally, all the time." -- Phil Klay, author of Redeployment and Winner of the National Book /5(K).
Silence is a novel about European Catholics who visit Japan, written by a Japanese Catholic who visited Europe.
We don't know about you, but that little mind-bender is enough to get us hooked. We don't know about you, but that little mind-bender is enough to get us hooked. Description. 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.
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