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Endo Shusaku


Born Mar. 27, 1923, in Tokyo. Japanese writer.

Endo graduated from Keio University in 1949 and studied in France. A Catholic by faith, he began his literary career with critical essays on literary and religious problems. He won the Akutagawa Prize for the novel White Man (1955). Other novels that gained fame were The Sea and Poison (1958; Russian translation, 1964), which is intensely antiwar in theme, and Silence (1966), which dealt with life of early Christians. Endo is the author of the plays Golden Country (1966) and The House With Roses (1969). His treatment of social problems and his writing skill make Endo one of Japan’s leading novelists.

Endo is a recipient of the Tanizaka Prize.


In Russian translation:
“V bol’nitse ‘Zhurden.’” In the anthology laponskaia novella. Moscow, 1961.
Supruzheskaia zhizn’. Moscow, 1965.
Zhenshchina, kotoruiu ia brosil. Moscow, 1968.
“Mladshaia sestra.” In the anthology laponskaia novella: 1960–1970. Moscow, 1972.


Nakamura Mitsuo. Contemporary Japanese Fiction. Tokyo, 1969.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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