Author of the Month: Shusaku Endo

Our first author of the month for 2017 is the Japanese novelist Shusaku Endo, celebrated by such diverse western voices as Graham Greene (‘Endo to my mind is one of the finest living novelists’) and Martin Scorsese, whose adaptation of Endo’s masterpiece Silence is released this month.

Born in Tokyo in 1923, Endo spent his formative years in Manchuria, and his sense of being an outsider, both nationally and as a Roman Catholic, marks much of his work.


Shusaku Endo

From the publisher:

A special edition hardback of Shusaku Endo’s classic novel set in feudal Japan. This edition is jacketed to tie-in with the release of the Martin Scorsese movie adaptation ...

The Samurai

Endo Shusaku

From the publisher:

““Endo to my mind is one of the finest living novelists.”—Graham Greene” ““In 1613, four low-ranking Japanese Samurai, accompanied by a Spanish priest, set sail ...

The Sea and Poison

Shusaku Endo

From the publisher:

Shusaku Endo’s most disquieting novel and a masterful study of individual and collective moral disintegration. Set in a Japanese hospital during the last days of the Second ...


Shusaku Endo, translated by Van C. Gessel, foreword by Damian Flanagan

From the publisher:

Suguro is an eminent Catholic novelist, respectably married and on the cusp of old age. So when a drunken woman approaches him at an awards ceremony claiming to know him from ...


Endo Shusaku, translated by Richard A. Schuchert

From the publisher:

A crucial work in Endo’s oeuvre, ‘Volcano’ is a powerful novel of ideas as well as a sensitive and moving depiction of the trials of old age, set in the central region ...

Wonderful Fool

Shusaku Endo, translated by Francis Mathy

From the publisher:

Gaston Bonaparte, a young Frenchman, visits Tokyo to stay with his pen-pal Takamori. His appearance is a bitter disappointment to his new friends and his behavior causes them ...