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Japan Society Book Club: The Girl I Left Behind by Shusaku Endo

14 October — 7:00 pm


Monday 14 October 2019 7.00pm

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

Free for Japan Society Members
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Japanese version available here

An early novel written some 50 years ago, The Girl I Left Behind tells of the choices made by young adults who are learning who they are and what they want in life, prefiguring themes of Endo’s later works. The protagonist, Yoshioka Tsutomu, is a student, not much interested in his studies, short on cash and long on sexual desire. Eventually he will settle down in a career and marry his boss’s niece. Yet he begins to hear a voice in his head that sparks a memory of Mitsu, the credulous village girl whom he once seduced and abandoned–and whose path continues to cross his long years.

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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