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Kiku's Prayer Endo Shusaku was a renowned twentieth century Japanese author who wrote from the unusual perspective of being both Japanese and Catholic His work is often compared to that of Graham Greene, who himself considered Endo one of the century s finest writers A historical novel set in the turbulent period between the fall of the shogunate and the Meiji Restoration, Kiku s Prayer embodies themes central to Endo s work, including religion, modernization, and the endurance of the human spirit In Japan, the book is considered one of his late masterpieces and has never before been translated into EnglishEndo s novel is told through the eyes of Kiku, self assured young woman from a rural village who falls in love with Seikichi, a devoted Catholic man Practicing a faith still banned by the government, Seikichi is imprisoned and forced to recant under torture Kiku s efforts to reconcile her feelings for Seikichi and the sacrifices she makes to free him mirror the painful, conflicting choices Japan faced as a result of exposure to modernity and the West Endo s nuanced view of history is very much on display in this novel Seikichi s persecution exemplifies Japan s insecurities toward the West, and Kiku s tortured yet determined spirit represents the nation s resilient soul Yet Kiku s Prayer is much than a historical allegory It acutely renders one woman s troubled encounter with passion and spirituality at a transitional time in her life and in the life of her people


About the Author: Shūsaku Endō

Shusaku Endo , born in Tokyo in 1923, was raised by his mother and an aunt in Kobe where he converted to Roman Catholicism at the age of eleven At Tokyo s Keio University he majored in French literature, graduating BA in 1949, before furthering his studies in French Catholic literature at the University of Lyon in France between 1950 and 1953 A major theme running through his books, which have been translated into many languages, including English, French, Russian and Swedish, is the failure of Japanese soil to nurture the growth of Christianity Before his death in 1996, Endo was the recipient of a number of outstanding Japanese literary awards the Akutagawa Prize, Mainichi Cultural Prize, Shincho Prize, and Tanizaki Prize from the backcover of Volcano.



10 thoughts on “Kiku's Prayer

  1. Eustacia Tan Eustacia Tan says:

    One danger of reading a translated text is to misinterpret something You see, I thought that the title, Kiku s Prayer could mean something like Japan s Prayer Kiku Chrysanthemum One of the national flowers of Japan But then, I found out that the title of the book is


  2. Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) says:

    I wanted to enjoy this bookthan I did, though enjoy is an odd word to apply to a story like this I guess I mean enjoy the reading experience I have heard in passing about the Japanese martyrs, but all my online searching found information solely on those who died in t


  3. Sam Sam says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here A copy of this ARC was sent to me thanks to NetGalley and Columbia University Press in exchange for an honest review Thank you to both parties in advance.2.5This book was an uphill battle fo


  4. Anne Anne says:

    I wish I could give this powerful, haunting book 10 stars.


  5. Q Q says:

    I liked this less for the plot a romantic tragedy not my favorite but for the setting, and how it enabled me to see a place and a time in history that I knew nothing about Did you know that a small group of Christians persisted outside of Nagasaki throughout the time when J


  6. Parrish Lantern Parrish Lantern says:

    Kiku s Prayer is set at the moment Japan was reaching out to modernity, in a period of immense fracture, when the nations own view of itself was becomingdivided as it faced a major internal change and also had to confront how it was perceived by the western world It is at thi


  7. Dia Dia says:

    Read other book reviews at Book Junkie Joint.A beautifully faithful and rich depiction of 19th century Japan at a time when Christianity is rewarded with persecution.This book is very well written and detailed, using picturesque words to describe the simple beauty of living dur


  8. M.R. Dowsing M.R. Dowsing says:

    Endo s one of my favourite authors so I was excited about the prospect of a newly translated novel However, this has been a big disappointment I m not going to blame the translator because I ve read some of Gessel s other Endo translations and they read perfectly well The fact is


  9. Marion Marion says:

    Reading in translation is always hit or miss I watched the movie Silence, based on another book by this author, and wanted to give him a try This was the only one available at the library It has a lot of similar themes, especially the oppression of Christians or Kirishitans in Japa


  10. Julie Julie says:

    This was a very well written translation by Van Gessell He has translated 7 other books by Endoo Shuusaku It was a difficult yet fascinating story to read It recounts the persecution of Christians during the 1800 s in Japan The wording is beautiful and I m not sure whether to credit


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