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Suguro, a respected and famous Catholic writer, finds his life scandalized by accusations that he frequents the red-light district, and he soon discovers an imposter who forces him to question his own moral character.
Published December 1st 1988 by Learning Links (first published 1986)
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There's a wonderful moment in Vladimir Nabokov's Strong Opinions. It's part of a transcript from an interview conducted sometime in the mid-1970s.
Q: Would you care to comment on how the Doppelgänger motif has been both used and abused from Poe, Hoffman, Andersen... Which Doppelgänger fictions would you single out for praise?
VN: The Doppelgänger subject is a frightful bore.

If only Shusako Endo had felt the same way. His penultimate novel, Scandal, is so tightly woven around the concept that it ha
Mar 27, 2009 miaaa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to miaaa by: Roos
Hi there,

My name is Ophelia. But there's something else about me that I'd like you to know. You see there's a story why I exist, and I'm not talking about natural birth here. Mia's too shy to tell you this story. And since I'm the bitch one, I guess it's a pleasure hehe

Mia was born in a modest family, I didn't say her family is economically challenged because they're not but hey how much do you think a Protestant priest earns? Certainly not that much. The fact that her father decided to serve i
Noah Cross (John Huston) in Chinatown: "I don't blame myself. You see Mr Gitts (sic), most people never have to face the fact that at the right time and at the right place they're capable of ...anything."

I have a weird habit of avoiding Shusaku Endo. I'm always finding his "Samurai" in used bookshops and never buying it. But that will all change now because I really enjoyed this.

Aged Catholic writer (nobody say "the Japanese Graham Greene") is haunted by a lascivious doppelgänger. This doppelgän
One of my favorite books ever. Endo is called the "Japanese Graham Greene" because he happens to be Catholic. That is a sad over simplification. This book, more than some of his others, does have some similarities to Greene, by way of "guilt," but in that sense it reminds me more of Tolstoy's "Resurrection." This book is haunting and terrifying and reads a little like a darker Murakami (Haruki) novel. I read this right after "Sputnik Sweetheart" and I felt there were some weird harmonies between ...more
Gertrude & Victoria
Scandal by Endo Shusaku is about human nature and man's struggle with the flesh. Endo sees the dark side of man as inherent to his being, where "good and evil" reside simultaneously within man's soul. In every man lies the potential of evil to flourish.

The main character, a respected novelist and family man, Suguro, is thrown into a state of confusion and anxiety by a woman who claims to know him from the seedy districts of Tokyo. Seeking to clear his good name he searches for the truth. However
okay, not really stunning. what for a catholic writer comes off as "daring, and gripping descent into sin", is for the modern reader, elicts a reaction (view spoiler). probably more valuable for some theorizing about the nature of artists-- Erich Fromm and the Frankfurt School than any real literary merit.

Endou, a member of international PEN, and part of the "Japanese literary establishment," spends too much time talking about 'the psychology of the
Mar 22, 2007 Linda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in doppelgangers
trompe l'oeil: visual deception, in which objects are rendered in extremely fine detail emphasizing the illusion of tactile and spatial qualities.
This book posits a fictional trompe l'oeil. An aging nominally-Christian novelist starts seeing his double around the city. Strange gossip begins to swirl about the writer, that he is engaged in debauchery, pedophilia, orgies, cruelties. The writer suspects this double is impersonating him and seeks to meet him in order to unmask him to a journalist w
It could have had easily 5 stars...but I sense smth that drove me away from it...cannot say exactly what. I mean it is a very good book, no doubt about it, but smth seemed wrong to me... I guess the main question rising is how well we know who we are, how deep are we willing to go swim in in our unconsciousness...are we able to control it a good thing to deny it? Are we whole if we deny it...Are we just beasts, after all, and the only thing that keeps us from falling apart are the moral ...more
I can still remember the first time I confessed to my mother something that I considered to be an egregious sin. In tears, I pleaded, “But mom, that wasn’t me who did it.” In my mind, the self who had committed the act and the self that was confessing the act were two different people.

In what is undoubtedly Endo’s most challenging novel, Scandal (スキャンダル) is a story about the duality of the soul - the light and darkness, beauty and ugliness within us all. Written in the form of an “I-Novel”, or a
Natasha Primaditta
There are certain aspects that I like in Japanese literature; 1) they are very imaginative, 2) sometimes too imaginative, 3) entangled with mysteries, and 4) even absurd. When I read books that were written by Japanese author, I don't feel restrictions within the story they spun. There are times that I questioned, 'why is it so?'. Then I read this book, about a popular Christian author, Suguro-sensei, whose comfortable and peaceful life starts to shake due to unruly rumour about him visiting sha ...more
Sep 03, 2008 Andy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Aisan horror movie fans
Shelves: kool-imports
Very similar in style to Kobo Abe in that both breach matters of personal identity, only the scale tips more towards Abe because Endo's Christianity is a little too in your face. It's almost gimmicky and frankly gets in the way of the story, but nevertheless this book almost anticipates the Asian horror movie invasion (The Eye/Abnormal Beauty) by about 10 years. Just leave the Bible at home next time.
An aging Japanese Catholic novelist with a dark side writes a novel about an aging Japanese Catholic novelist confronting his dark side. An interesting psychological plot with several promising characters ultimately diffuses in simplistic Catholic guilt. Plot spoiler: the Doppelganger did it.
un peu moins bien que prévu.
ce roman est un peu plan plan. Un peu déçu donc par cet auteur qui m'avait épaté avec "Silence".
Jayan Parameswaran
Shusaku Endo's novel, examines the darker side of human life. The duality of the public image and the hidden dark side, which comes out unnoticed to the person himself. One has no control on his on adverse side, and its actions. At many a time, one can not comprehend their own behaviour. The revelation of his own darker side was a shock to Endo, at the same time a relief. Endo, excels in this examination of duality in human life. Its this meditation, its this abandonment to the reality, its this ...more
Loh, katanya bagus, kok bintangnya 'cuma' 2??!? Yah kalo bintang di sini mencerminkan bagus tidaknya sebuah buku, siapalah saya untuk menilai buku-buku itu. Untunglah, bintang di atas itu hanya nilai untuk my rating, apakah saya suka atau tidak. Dan untuk buku ini, saya sungguh-sungguh merasa bahwa ini buku Bagus (dengan B besar) tapi bernilai 'it was ok' untuk saya, I really don't - or should I say can't - 'liked it'.

Temanya bermain-main di ranah doppelgänger-pribadi ganda-penyamar gadungan, di
Suguro, sosok seorang penulis Katholik kawakan, dianggap masyarakat sangat "suci" dan tidak akan pernah melakukan hal-hal yang melanggar norma dan moral seksualitas apalagi dalam hal sadokis-masokhis. Sungguh jauh dari bayangan penggemar bahkan orang yang tidak memahami sastra sekalipun.

Kehidupan dan tulisannya yang "suci" membuat seorang wartawan, Seguro, muak dan berusaha mencari-cari kesalahan Suguro. Dia mendapati kesalahan tersebut ketika Suguro menerima penghargaan sastra.
Suguro sendiri me
Not for the faint of heart.

But, Endo. I appreciate taking it on. And, I have to say I trust him, though I am not sure the book does all it can.

I have read two others by Endo this summer-- Silence and Deep River, both extraordinary books. Silence in which a priest has all but belief at the time of the persecution when Portugese priests come to Japan--he is pushed literally to the edge of it and Deep River--a story of Japanese tourists in India at the Ganges River (honestly, anyone who has read Ge
Mhd Sulhan
Jika disuruh mendeskripsikan buku ini dalam tiga kata saya akan menyebutkan "manusia, sex, anxiety".

Anxiety - (KBBI) Sebuah keadaan kekhawatiran, ketidakpastian, dan ketakutan sebagai akibat dari antisipasi terhadap suatu realiatas atau khayalan pada peristiwa atau situasi yang mengancam, sering mengganggu fungsi fisik dan psikologis.

Suatu saat anda akan menua.

Suatu saat anda akan bosan.

Suatu saat anda akan merasa muda kembali.

Suatu saat anda akan merasa bergairah kembali.

Pada manusia, ada hal y
Suguro, a Christian novelist like Endo, is threatened by a strange double of himself who's seen frequenting scandalous places. Over the course of the novel, he meets a woman named Madame Naruse who sparks a desire in him to understand a darker side of humanity than what he'd previously been willing to explore in his novels. A journalist named Kobari, threatened by Suguro's success, appears throughout the book trying to bring him down. Suguro begins to question whether this double of his actually ...more
I need to admit my prejudices before I write my review. There is something about Japanese literature and films and sometimes even Japanese visual art that I don't care for. Not that they're bad or inferior to other countries or cultures' arts. Just that they doesn't appeal to me.

So while Endo is no doubt a very good and important writer, I did't really like this novel. To me, it depicts the two attributes of beauty and cruelty that seem inherent in Japanese art (written and visual) and are suppo
Ordinary Dahlia
Aneh, kudengar buku ini baru pertama kali diterjemahkan dalam bahasa tapi aku sangat yakin pernah membaca terjemahannya pas kuliah dulu, jadi ini kedua kalinya baca
Pertama baca memang bingung dan baru berkenalan dengan yang namanya sadisme-masokist (SM) *sayah masih lugu waktu ituh, maaf maaf sajah hahaha...boonk!*

Kali ini terasa berbeda karena aku merasa cukup terbuka untuk mencoba memahaminya (walau belum bisa mengerti dan menerima konsep kenikmatan dalam SM mengingat aku benci setengah mati r
Nov 09, 2012 Jonathan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers who like a novel with philosophic undertones, and elements of psychology.
Recommended to Jonathan by: My English teacher
Well, a good read indeed, with an intriguing story to tell.
Although one shouldn't read it for the sake of its plot -because, however well worked, it is not the strongest point of the book- readers will love the unique 'gray' narrative, as the writer builds on his novel with a dark tone.
It is a book about old age, and in that respect only it might remind you of the 'Steppenwolf' by Herman Hesse - at least it happened to me.
Having read only Haruki Murakami before Endo, this book only confirms that
This is a chilling work by celebrated Japanese Christian author Shusaku Endo. The theme is based upon Endo's belief that good and evil exist simultaneously within us.
The story's main character Suguro is a celebrated Japanese Christian writer who, while receiving an award, hears rumors that "he" has been seen with prostitutes and in pornography shops. Is it him? Does he have a multiple personality? A double life? Or is it his "doppelganger" (from the German word meaning double goer) or ghostly
I think this is a novel that took courage to write. The author, Susaku Endo, offers his own self-exploration up to the reader as a guide to accepting our own humanity, including the darkest aspects of self. His protagonist, Seguro, is an author at the pinnacle of his career, at which moment he is confronted by his own doppelganger, or spirit double. Thus begins a painful exploration of the aspects of self we try to hide from. With references to "The Divine Comedy", Shakespeare's "King Lear" and ...more
Mardian Sagiant
Saya memberi lima bintang karena... saya tidak mengerti mengapa dalam cerita yang sebenarnya "tidak membawa saya ke mana-mana" ini saya berkeliling dalam seluk-beluk tokohnya yang anomali itu...
It seemed to be getting good and creepy but the ending made no sense to me whatsoever. bummer
Homer Harianja
Shusaku Endo resmi kini menjadi penulis favorit saya.
Skandal adalah kisah pergumulan tiap orang beragama. Ia hadir sejak sejarah manusia memilih mengikuti hasratnya sendiri. Bukankah agama adalah soal menundukkan diri?
Seks misalnya, yang menjadi isu dalam buku ini. Fantasi liar yang mudah saja hinggap di kepala seseorang dan segera membuat perasaan bersalah yang besar. Roh memang penurut tapi daging lemah. Tidak memandang siapa anda. Skandal seks rohaniawan menjadi kisah yang berulang-ulang. Pe
Tyler Jones
An unflinching examination of the nature of evil. While most people are more comfortable regarding evil as something alien and unknowable, Endo shows evil and good to co-exist in an internal relationship. Cartainly one of the most powerful novels I have ever read, and one I wish more people would discover. We seem to be entering another phase of history where good and evil are clearly delinated in most everyone's minds, and we march forward sure in the belief we are on the side of good. I suspec ...more
Truly, sin and evil are two different things. We are so busy fighting sins, but blatantly ignoring the evil lurking underneath.

Endo-san gave more questions than answers. Did he even give any answers? Mmm...I didn't remember any.

Contemplating about this subject is just like fighting a hydra. Do I really have the strength for it?

Serious stuff. Prepare lots of peace of mind before start to pick it up.
I have to give this one a thumbs up, though it's another one that left me a bit unsatisfied with the ending. It's possible that my standards for endings are just too high; I'm so often disappointed.

Anyway, there's a lot to think about in this book. But it's got a plot that leans toward the mystery / thriller genre. So there's that mix of deep thoughts and wondering what will happen next.
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Shusaku ENDO (遠藤 周作), 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. A major theme running through his books, which ...more
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