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Deep River
     

Deep River

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by Shusaku Endo, Van C. Gessel (Translator)
 

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"Endo has successfully dramatized the discovery that the sacred river of humanity flows within ourselves."—National Catholic Reporter
In this moving novel, a group of Japanese tourists, each of whom is wrestling with his or her own demons, travels to the River Ganges on a pilgrimage of grace.

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"Endo has successfully dramatized the discovery that the sacred river of humanity flows within ourselves."—National Catholic Reporter
In this moving novel, a group of Japanese tourists, each of whom is wrestling with his or her own demons, travels to the River Ganges on a pilgrimage of grace.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Japanese novelist Endo combines a harsh critique of the emptiness in modern lives with a religious vision of spiritual rebirth. (May)
Library Journal
A trip to India becomes a journey of discovery for a group of Japanese tourists playing out their "individual dramas of the soul." Isobe searches for his reincarnated wife, while Kiguchi relives the wartime horror that ultimately saved his life. Alienated by middle age, Mitsuko follows Otsu, a failed priest, to the holy city of Varanas, hoping that the murky Ganges holds the secret to the "difference between being alive and truly living." Looking for absolutes, each character confronts instead the moral ambiguity of India's complex culture, in which good and evil are seen as a whole as indifferent to distinction as the Ganges River, which washes the living and transports the dead. This novel is a fascinating study of cultural truths revealed through a rich and varied cast. Endo, one of Japan's leading writers, (The Final Martyrs, LJ 9/1/94) skillfully depicts the small details of life, investing them with universal significance. Highly recommended.-Paul E. Hutchison, Bellefonte, Pa.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811213202
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
05/01/1996
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
274,306
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Shusaku Endo was born in Tokyo in 1923 and died in 1996. After his parents divorced, he and his mother converted to Catholicism—a faith which is central to many of his tales. He is widely regarded as Japan's leading writer and has won all his country's major literary prizes, including the Akutagawa, the Noma, the Shincho, and the Tanizaki.

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