Silence is essential reading for anyone with the slightest love of literature. Set in feudal Japan in the 16th century, the story follows two Jesuit priests are who caught in the middle of Japan's attempt to expel Christianity from their land by torturing all Christian priests into apostasy. Powerful, gripping, and difficult to get through, Shusaku Endo's classic is nonetheless a very rewarding experience. Also, look for the motion picture releasing next year starring Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson, and directed by Martin Scorsese.
A classic novel of faith by one of Japan's finest novelists tells the story of a 17th-century Portuguese priest in Japan at the height of the fearful persecution of the small Christian community, and is soon to be a major motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Adam Driver, Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson. Reprint.