Shūsaku Endō

Shūsaku Endō


Born
in Tokyo, Japan
March 27, 1923

Died
September 29, 1996

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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 have been translated into many languages, including English, French, Russian and Swedish, is the failure of Japanese soil to nurture the growth of Christianity. Before his death in 1996, Endo was the recipient of a number of outstanding Japanese literary awards: the Akutagawa Prize, Mainichi Cultural Prize, Shincho Prize, and Tanizaki Prize.
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“Every weakness contains within itself a strength.”
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“Sin, he reflected, is not what it is usually thought to be; it is not to steal and tell lies. Sin is for one man to walk brutally over the life of another and to be quite oblivious of the wounds he has left behind.”
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Polls

May 2017 New School Classic Poll

 
  59 votes, 17.9%

 
  55 votes, 16.7%

My Ántonia by Willa Cather, 1918, 232
 
  37 votes, 11.2%

 
  31 votes, 9.4%

 
  27 votes, 8.2%

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, 1989, 288 pgs
 
  26 votes, 7.9%

Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov, 1962, 246
 
  22 votes, 6.7%

 
  20 votes, 6.1%

 
  12 votes, 3.6%

 
  11 votes, 3.3%

 
  11 votes, 3.3%

Silence by Shūsaku Endō, 1966, 201
 
  9 votes, 2.7%

 
  5 votes, 1.5%

 
  4 votes, 1.2%

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