"Silence I regard as a masterpiece, a lucid and elegant drama."Irving Howe, The New York Times Book Review"
One of the finest historical novels written by anyone, anywhere . . . Flawless."David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks"
A remarkable work . . . sombre, delicate and startlingly empathetic."John Updike, The New Yorker"
One of the finest novels of our time."Graham Greene"
A major talent, Endo makes an impressive debut here with this novel, a bravura admixture of history, theological quandaries and rugged characterizations...Endo's achievement rests on...splendid characters, the restrained classical way he tells of their ordeals, and his sensitivity to the clash between Japanese culture and a very Western mode of religion."Publishers Weekly"
A profoundly moving, profoundly disturbing book...The translation by William Johnston is a brilliant, subtle piece of work with not a line akilter."Washington Post Book World"
A Japanese novelist of considerable distinction. SILENCE is impressive because of its simplicity and its harrowing account of men of faith in a faith-denying situation. It is worthy of our serious contemplation and respect."San Francisco Review of Books"
Superb and harrowing - his masterpiece."Observer (UK)"
This is a masterpiece. There can be no higher praise."Daily Telegraph (UK)"
A marvelous 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 (UK)"
Endo's stark, strange theological novel looks back to 17th-century Japan to raise an enduring question: why does God remain with folded arms, silent in the face of human suffering? Telling the story of Fr Rodrigues, a Portuguese Jesuit who follows his missionary vocation to Japan at a time of violent religious persecution, SILENCE is a compelling historical fiction, a potent distillation of the paradoxes and ambiguities of faith and, from a Christian author, a daring challenge to religious orthodoxy."The Guardian (UK) - 1000 Novels Everyone Must Read