Endo's Shogun Novels
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  • Silence | Shusaku Endo

    Silence

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Shusaku Endo
    • Narrated By David Holt
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    Recipient of the 1966 Tanizaki Prize, it has been called Endo's supreme achievement" and "one of the twentieth century's finest novels". Considered controversial ever since its first publication, it tackles the thorniest religious issues of belief and faith head on. A novel of historical fiction, it is the story of a Jesuit missionary sent to seventeenth century Japan, who endured persecution that followed the defeat of the Shimabara Rebellion.

    How a man comes face to face with God

    This novel follows the journey, literal and metaphysical, of one man, a missionary in 17th century Japan. He realises how human he is, and how inhuman..Show More »

    Reviewed on 18 September 2010 by Sandy (U.K.)
  • The Samurai | Shusaku Endo

    The Samurai

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Shusaku Endo
    • Narrated By David Holt
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    (29)
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    (14)
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    In the 17th century, the first Japanese ever to set foot in Europe travel to Rome on a diplomatic mission. All are baptised, but upon returning to Japan they discover that the Shoguns no longer wish to forge links with the West, nor will they tolerate the Christian religion. The Samurai who have until now reviled their adoptive religion, begin to find it may be all that is left for them. The events in this story actually took place.

    beautifully crafted

    A beautifully crafted book and audio novel. Expertly read by David Holt. Also of merit are the Preface and Epilogue, which explain the translation and..Show More »

    Reviewed on 18 February 2011 by Richard (Aldershot, Hampshire, United Kingdom)