Shusaku Endo (1923-1996) was a Japanese author of literary fiction novels. He was a rare Japanese Catholic, having converted when he was 11. Shusaku earned his BA from Keio University in French literature. A common theme of his work is the failure of the Japanese to embrace Christianity. Among the awards he received were the Akutagawa Prize, Mainichi Cultural Prize, Shincho Prize, and Tanizaki Prize.

Shusaku Endo made his debut in 1958 with the novel The Sea and Poison. Below is a list of Shusaku Endo’s books in order of when they were originally released:

Publication Order of Shūsaku Endō Standalone Novels

The Sea and Poison (1958)Description / Buy at
Wonderful Fool (1959)Description / Buy at
Volcano (1959)Description / Buy at
The Girl I Left Behind (1964)Description / Buy at
Foreign Studies (1965)Description / Buy at
Silence (1966)Description / Buy at
A Life of Jesus (1973)Description / Buy at
When I Whistle (1974)Description / Buy at
The Samurai (1980)Description / Buy at
Kiku's Prayer (1981)Description / Buy at
Scandal (1985)Description / Buy at
Sachiko (With: Van C. Gessel) (1986)Description / Buy at
Deep River (1993)Description / Buy at
Song of Sadness (2004)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Shūsaku Endō Plays

The Golden Country: A Play (1970)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Shūsaku Endō Short Story Collections

Stained Glass Elegies (1986)Description / Buy at
Five by Endo (2000)Description / Buy at
The Final Martyrs (2009)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Anthologies

A Life in Medicine: A Literary Anthology(2002)Description / Buy at
The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Literature, volume 2: From 1945 to the Present(2007)Description / Buy at
Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Literature(2011)Description / Buy at

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Shusaku Endo Synopses: The Sea and Poison by Shusaku Endo is set in a Japanese hospital during the last days of World War II. The story centers on the medical staff who offer to assist in a series of vivisections – experimental operations on live U.S. prisoners of war.

Wonderful Fool is a standalone title by Shusaku Endo. Gaston Bonaparte, a young Frenchman, visits Tokyo to stay with his penpal Takamori. His appearance is a bitter disappointment to his new friends and his behavior causes them much embarrassment. He is a trusting person with a big heart, and deceit and betrayal does not curtail his trust. He spends his time not sightseeing but making friends with street children, stray dogs, prostitutes, and gangsters.

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