Kiku's Prayer: A Novel (Weatherhead Books on Asia)

Kiku's Prayer: A Novel (Weatherhead Books on Asia)

Shusaku Endo


Kiku's Prayer is advised during the eyes of Kiku, a confident younger lady from a rural jap village who falls in love with Seikichi, a faithful Catholic guy. practising a religion nonetheless banned by means of the govt., Seikichi is imprisoned yet refuses to recant lower than torture. Kiku's efforts to reconcile her emotions for Seikichi's faith with the sacrifices she makes to loose him reflect the painful, conflicting offerings Japan confronted due to publicity to modernity and the West. Seikichi's persecution exemplifies Japan's insecurities, and Kiku's tortured but made up our minds spirit represents the nation's resilient soul.

Set within the turbulent years of the transition from the shogunate to the Meiji recovery, Kiku's Prayer embodies topics important to Endo Shusaku's paintings, together with faith, modernization, and the persistence of the human spirit. but this novel is way greater than a historic allegory. It acutely renders one woman's afflicted come upon with ardour and spirituality at a transitional time in her existence and within the heritage of her humans. A well known twentieth-century jap writer, Endo wrote from the viewpoint of being either eastern and Catholic. His paintings is frequently in comparison with that of Graham Greene, who himself thought of Endo one of many century's most interesting writers.

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