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Spring 2017 Book Club
Silence by Shusaku Endo
Father Sebastião Rodrigues is an idealistic Portuguese Jesuit priest who, in the 1640s, sets sail for Japan on a determined mission to help the brutally oppressed Japanese Christians, and to discover the truth behind unthinkable rumours that his famous teacher Cristóvão Ferreira has renounced his faith. Once faced with the realities of religious persecution Rodrigues himself is forced to make an impossible choice: whether to abandon his flock or his God.
Winner of the 1966 Tanizaki Prize, Silence by Shusaku Endo's is a highly acclaimed novel of historical fiction and a classic of its genre. It caused major controversy in Japan following its publication in 1967.
**The book is for sale in the Chester Beatty Library gift shop and Members will receive a 10% discount.
A film adaptation of the book has been the "passion project" for director Martin Scorsese for over 20 years. The film, starring Liam Neeson, will be released in the United States of America in December 2016, just in time for the awards-season. When the film reaches Irish cinema screens we will arrange a Chester Beatty Library Members’ group visit to see it.