Shusaku Endo is widely regarded as one of the greatest Japanese authors of the late twentieth century. Born in 1923, he won many major literary awards and was nominated for the Nobel Prize several times. His novels, which have been translated into twenty-eight languages, include The Sea and Poison, Wonderful Fool, Deep River and Scandal. He died in 1996.
'One of the finest historical novels written by anyone, anywhere ... Flawless' - David Mitchell, Booker Prize-nominated author of Number9dream, Cloud Atlas 'This is a masterpiece. There can be no higher praise.' - Daily Telegraph 'One of the finest novels of our time.' - Graham Greene 'Superb and harrowing - his masterpiece.' - Observer 'A marvellous book ... Shusaku Endo is giving deep thought to the most basic problems of truth and how in exchanging it among ourselves we misconstruct its nature at every step.' - Spectator 'A remarkable work ... sombre, delicate and startlingly empathetic.' - John Updike, New Yorker