El Samurai Shūsaku Endō

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El Samurai  by  Shūsaku Endō

El Samurai by Shūsaku Endō
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Considered one of the late Shusaku Endos finest works, The Samurai seamlessly combines historical fact with a novelists imaginings. Set in the period preceding the Christian persecutions in Japan recorded so memorably in Endos Silence, this bookMoreConsidered one of the late Shusaku Endos finest works, The Samurai seamlessly combines historical fact with a novelists imaginings.

Set in the period preceding the Christian persecutions in Japan recorded so memorably in Endos Silence, this book traces the steps of some of the first Japanese to set foot on European soil.Rokuemon Hasekura, a low-ranking warrior, is chosen as one of Japans envoys to the Viceroy of Mexico and Pope Paul V. The emissaries set sail in 1613, accompanied by an ambitious Franciscan missionary who hopes to bargain trading privileges with the West for the right to head his order in Japan. The arduous journey lasts four years, and the Japanese travel from Mexico to Rome, where they are persuaded that the success of their mission depends on their conversion willy-nilly to Christianity.

In fact, the enterprise has been futile from the start and the mission returns to Japan where the political tides have shifted: the authorities are pursuing an isolationist policy and a ruthless stamping out of all Western influences. In the face of disillusionment and death, samurai Rokuemons only support and solace come from the spiritual lord he is not even sure he believes in.



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