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The Final Martyrs (New Directions Paperbook) (original 1994; edition 2009)

by Shusaku Endo, Van C. Gessel (Translator)

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Title:The Final Martyrs (New Directions Paperbook)
Authors:Shusaku Endo
Other authors:Van C. Gessel (Translator)
Info:New Directions (2009), Edition: Tra, Paperback, 224 pages
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Tags:Japan, LT Group Read, Short Stories

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The Final Martyrs by Shusaku Endo (1994)

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The themes in these stories included Endo's usuals: Catholicism in Japan, martyrdom, loyalty, aging, facing mortality, parental conflict, and disappointment in the frailties of humanity. The foreword to this collection was written by the author. He indicates that many of the characters went on to be featured in his novels. He also confirmed that much of his writing is autobiographical, which adds an interesting layer to the understanding of the themes. Frankly, I think Endo is a very good writer, but was clearly driven to seek resolution to his own philosophical, spiritual, and personal issues. Consequently, his plots, characters, and themes are repetitive, more so than other authors, in my opinion. So, just read a couple of novels and you will be satisfied without being frustrated. ( )
  hemlokgang | Dec 22, 2012 |
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In the Uragami district not far from Nagasaki is a village called Nakano.
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Eleven stories by a cosmopolitan Japanese writer. The title story is on the persecution of Christians in Japan; Japanese in Warsaw is on pimping for tourists; Adieu, set in France, is on old age; and Shadows is a young man's cry from the heart when his role model, a Spanish priest, abandons the church for a woman. By the author of The Golden Country.… (more)

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