Synopses & Reviews
A novel of faith and doubt set in medieval Japan. Endo relates the history of the Japanese Christians who were persecuted after the rise to power of the samurai in the 17th century, and in particular the plight of Japanese priests who were forced to choose between their identity as Christians and as Japanese.
"Endo's best novel....A fine, stirring work which has won him many literary prizes in Japan and been widely translated." Times Literary Supplement
"Silence I regard as a masterpiece, a lucid and elegant drama". Irving Howe, The New York Review of Books