Synopses & Reviews
In this moving novel, a group of Japanese tourists, each of whom is wrestling with his or her own demons, travels to the River Ganges on a pilgrimage of grace.
"This novel is a fascinating study of cultural truths revealed through a rich and varied cast. Endo, one of Japan's leading writers, skillfully depicts the small details of life, investing them with universal significance. Highly recommended." Library Journal
"Japanese novelist Endo combines a harsh critique of the emptiness in modern lives with a religious vision of spiritual rebirth." Publishers Weekly
"Endo has successfully dramatized the discovery that the sacred river of humanity flows within ourselves."--National Catholic Reporter
About the Author
Shusaku Endo was born in Tokyo in 1923 and died in 1996. After his parents divorced, he and his mother converted to Catholicism--a faith which is central to many of his tales. He is widely regarded as Japan's leading writer and has won all his country's major literary prizes, including the Akutagawa, the Noma, the Shincho, and the Tanizaki.