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Author Information: Shusaku Endo

 
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Shusaku Endo (1923-1996), born in Tokyo and raised in Kobe, graduated from the French department of Keio University in 1950 before continuing his studies in contemporary French literature at the University of Lyon. Upon his return to Japan, he immediately established himself as a writer with his first novel, Shiroi Hito (The White Man). A Roman Catholic from the age of eleven, he produced a number of novels abounding with Christ figures and dealing symbolically with the failure of Christianity to gain a strong foothold in Japan. The recipient of numerous literary awards, Endo is considered one of Japan's greatest twentieth-century writers.

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