El Samurai (Spanish Edition) [Shusaku Endo] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Samurai is a novel by Japanese author Shusaku Endo first published in It tells a fictionalized story of a 17th-century diplomatic mission to “Nueva. Shusaku Endo historical voyage, filled with danger and hardship, The Samurai is a haunting novel of endurance, faith and hubris. ‘Endo to.

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Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Strongly recommended for all collections. Japanese is a hard language to translate mainly because there is so sjusaku left to context and a lot more left unsaid because a Japanese reader understands allusion at a deeper level than Westerners do. In fact, the enterprise has been futile from the start and the mission returns to Japan where the political tides have shifted: Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

Second, the characters and the plot are fantastic.

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Then went to the store, where the clerk commented “you look sad” At the beginning of the 17th century four Japanese envoys, low-ranking samurai, sail across the Pacific to New Spain Mexicocross the continent, sail across the Atlantic, visit Madrid and Rome, and then return the same way. May 02, Andrew Husen rated it really liked it. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

The Catholic priest assigned as interpreter for the voyage is ambitious, zealous, and officious. Along the way, they endure not only the hardships of the journey but priest, who believes that their conversion will gain him the appointment as Bishop of Japan, convinces them that they will succeed only if they convert to Christianity, and reluctantly they agree.

His characters feel realistically human. The story takes place in the early 17th century during a time This novel was published in and is considered by some to be the best of the work of the Japanese writer, Shusaku Endo. Product details Paperback Publisher: In The Samurai, Endo tells his story from the point of view of two different characters: In the face of disillusionment and death, samurai Rokuemon’s only support and solace come from the spiritual lord he is not even sure he believes in.


English Choose a language for shopping. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. In Japan, books tend to be more re If you have never read anything by Endo Shusaku, stop reading this and go get one right now.

Because of his peculiar situation, as a Japanese Catholic, the novel again offers a unique perspective on both the Japanese culture and their country as a whole and Catholicism, not shying away from the good or the bad. It is Velasco who has suggested and orchestrated this trade mission and who functions as the leader of the envoys, and he is a figure who takes advantage of the Japanese at every turn, rarely being honest with them but justifying all his actions on the basis of his desire to convert and this term is used loosely, baptism being all he really aspires to, viewing the counting of heads as being equivalent to the saving of samuraii, although he mouths religious and Biblical platitudes at every turn.

This is a story of two men, one a low status samurai and the samuria a Spanish Franciscan missionary who has dedicated his life to christianising Ehusaku.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. The journal alternates with the moving third-person narrative from Hasekura, the bit player entrusted with ssmurai staggering duty the real meaning of which is hidden from him, and his efforts to understand the huge and strange new world he never sought out and the loss of the homeland and family to which he is devoted.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Long ago discarded the vague Catholicism of my youth. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.


Shusaku Endo likes to portray the complexity of Life, human personalities, the clash of cultures, Time and beliefs especially during the early years of Christian missionary efforts to his own beloved Japan.

Velasco’s greatest sin is his pride, while Hasekura, whose loyalty and trust in his superiors samurwi contrasting virtues, converts only as a matter of convenience.

The Samurai

Even if you know what is going on in Japan at this time, you have a little more context into which to put the book, but even if you don’t, this is an excellent read. Shusako Endo was a member of a religious minority in Japan, leaning neither to Buddhism nor Shintoism nor to an effort to meld them.

Endo is the Dostoevsky of Japanese literature. The story takes place in the early 17th century during a time when emdo Jesuits had been proselytizing in Japan with uneven success. He sought out only Samurak am not a religious person, but this passage from Shusaku Endo’s The Samurai really struck a cord with me.

This is especially important with Endo because hsusaku feels so strongly about the subjects that he writes about. English Choose a language for shopping.

El Samurai

Both characters are very real, and both are compelling. I had to spend a lot of time in the book to find what I valued and empathized with in the characters.

Learn more about Amazon Prime. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The Samurai starts off very slow and the characters seem one-dimensional.