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Samurai (edition 1982)
by Shusaku Endo
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One of the late Shusaku Endo’s finest works, The Samurai tells of the journey of some of the first Japanese to set foot on European soil and the resulting clash of cultures and politics.
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In the 17th Century, a Japanese trade delegation travels to Mexico accompanied by Father Velasco, a Franciscan missionary acting as interpreter. On the way he converts them, using the argument that this will assure the success of their mission. It doesn't and on their return to Japan they are persecuted for their new faith.
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