Silence : Picador Classic
by Shusaku Endo, William Johnston, Martin Scorsese
Editor: Pan MacMillan
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With an introduction by Martin Scorsese, director of the film, starring Andrew Garfield and Adam DriverBeneath the candle light, I sit with my hands on my lap, looking in front of me.And I continue to turn in my mind the thought that I am at the end of the earth, in a place that you do not know and that all your life by you never to visit.It is 1640 and Father Sébastien Rodrigues, an idealist, a Jesuit priest, sales games for Japan determined to help brutally oppressed Christians.He is also very keen to find out the truth about his former mentor, according to the rumour that he renounced his faith under torture.Rodrigues cannot believe the stories of a man whom he so venerated, but that his journey takes him deeper into Japan, and then into the hands of those who would crush him with his faith, he is forced to make an impossible choice: abandon his flock or his God.Recipient of the 1966 recommendation of the 1966 Tanizaki Prize, Silence is Shusaku Endo’s most acclaimed work and was named one of the finest twentieth century novels.As of empathy, for it is powerful, it is an astonishing exploration of faith and suffering and classical award-winning”One of the best historical novels ever written by anyone, anywhere.”flawless ” by David Mitchell A masterpieceIt can’t be higher praise”, Daily Telegraph
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