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Japan Society Book Club: Deep River by Shusaku Endo

6 April — 7:00 pm


Monday 6 April 2020 7.00pm

The Japan Society
13 / 14 Cornwall Terrace
London NW1 4QP

Free for Japan Society Members
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The river is the Ganges, where a group of Japanese tourists converge: Isobe, grieving the death of the wife he ignored in life; Kiguchi, haunted by war-time memories of the Highway of Death in Burma; Numada, recovering from a critical illness; Mitsuko, a cynical woman struggling with inner emptiness; and, the butt of her cruel interest, Otsu, a failed seminarian for whom the figure on the cross is a god of many faces. In this novel, the renowned Japanese writer Shusaku Endo reaches his ultimate religious vision.

Shusaku Endo (1923-1996), 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 in 1949, before furthering his studies in French Catholic literature at the University of Lyon from 1950 to 1953. Endo is often compared to Graham Greene; many of his characters struggle in some way with the Catholic faith, and all of them face complex moral dilemmas, their choices often producing tragic results. Endo was the recipient of many of the top Japanese literary awards, including the Akutagawa Prize, the Mainichi Cultural Prize, the Shincho Prize, and the Tanizaki Prize.

To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email events@japansociety.org.uk or submit the online booking form.

 

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