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Silence is one of those books that grabs your soul and squeezes. In it, Endo explores the depths of human spirituality and psychology, both in their strengths and utter weaknesses. Producing a different response every time I revisit it, this book deserves to be read and reread. I will continue to be moved by it for years to come.
Matthew— From Silence
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
"Silence I regard as a masterpiece, a lucid and elegant drama."-The New York Review of Books
Seventeenth-century Japan: Two Portuguese Jesuit priests travel to a country hostile to their religion, where feudal lords force the faithful to publicly renounce their beliefs. Eventually captured and forced to watch their Japanese Christian brothers lay down their lives for their faith, the priests bear witness to unimaginable cruelties that test their own beliefs. Shusaku Endo is one of the most celebrated and well-known Japanese fiction writers of the twentieth century, and Silence is widely considered to be his great masterpiece.
Martin Scorsese was born in New York City and graduated from New York University with a degree in film. Widely considered one the best filmmakers in American history, his movies include Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, After Hours, Cape Fear, and Gangs of New York.
“Somber, delicate, and startlingly empathetic.” — John Updike
"One of the best historical novels by anyone, ever.” — David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks
"I think about Silence, and Endo’s work more generally, all the time." — Phil Klay, author of Redeployment and Winner of the 2014 National Book Award
“Silence was in the back of my mind the whole time I was working [on Boxers & Saints]. When I got stuck, I would close my eyes and ask for Endo’s intercession.” — Gene Luen Yang, MacArthur Fellow and author of Boxers & Saints
"All of Endo’s work has been influential. He truly understands what it means to be both of—and not of—a place." — Caryl Phillips, Guggenheim Fellow and award-winning author of The Lost Child