Song of Sadness

Volume 47
Endo Shusaku; Translated by Teruyo Shimizu
Translated by Teruyo Shimizu
A multi-layered novel about a changing postwar Japan

Description

Song of Sadness is a kind of sequel to Endō’s acclaimed early work, The Sea and Poison. Set in the 1970s, the novel revisits Dr. Suguro, now in late middle age, running a modest clinic in Tokyo’s vibrant, seedy Shinjuku district and trying to put behind him a haunting experience from World War II. Weaving together multiple story lines, Endō lays before the reader a cross-section of Tokyo in the 1970s: a vain university professor who leads a humiliating double life; a crusading young reporter determined to pursue aging war criminals; two feckless college students as empty of ideals as they are of purpose; an old man dying of cancer; a quixotic foreigner named Gaston; and Suguro. With a vision as humane as it is unflinching, Endō examines the often impossible complexities of real forgiveness in a world of inscrutable cruelty and suffering.
Endo Shusaku (1923–96), one of the giants of modern Japanese literature, won the Akutagawa Prize in 1955 for his novella “White Men,” the Mainichi and Shincho Prizes in 1958 for his novel The Sea and Poison, and the Tanizaki Prize in 1966 fo

Product Details

  • 6 x 9.
  • 230pp.
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  • Hardcover
  • 2003
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  • 978-1-929280-21-6

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  • $45.00 U.S.

  • Paper
  • 2003
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  • 978-1-929280-22-3

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