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Suguro is an eminent Catholic novelist who is about to receive a major literary award. When a drunk woman he has never met before approaches him at the award ceremony, claiming she knows him well from his regular visits to Tokyo’s red-light district, he assumes she must surely be mistaken. But with a scurrilous press campaign damaging Suguro’s reputation, his sleazy doppelgänger appears more and more, as if deliberately trying to discredit him. He is sighted touring the love hotels and brothels of Shinjuku; a leering portrait of him appears in an exhibition—and Suguro is forced to undertake a journey into Tokyo’s seedy heart in order to discover the dreadful truth.
"The hero of this novel, Old Seguro, is a literary giant, and he is a Christian. At an awards reception in his honor rumors emerge of his secret, sordid life in Tokyo's red-light district. Seguro begins a desperate search to find the evil man who is his grotesque double. In the process, Seguro loses the security of his tidy, upstanding career and faces elemental questions about the sources of good and evil, the debts of a Christian writer in Japan, the emptiness of his marriage, the frontiers of sensuality, and the significance of his own career. Coming from Endo, whose biography largely patterns his fictional hero, this represents the soul-searching of an aging author who ponders the limitations of his achievement and at least suggests ventures into new and bolder territory." Reviewed by Robert Jackson, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)
Well known for his novel 'Silence', which is to be filmed by Martin Scorsese, Endo here abandons his characteristic understated style in order to write a dark metaphysical and psycholgical thriller that is reckoned to be one of his best - and most original - works.
About the Author
Shusaku Endo is widely regarded as one of the greatest Japanese authors of the late 20th century. He has won many major literary awards and was nominated for the Nobel Prize several times. He is the author of Deep River, The Samurai, The Sea and Poison, Silence, and Wonderful Fool.
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