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Publisher's Summary

In this world of pain and suffering, God often seems silent. But light is yet present in darkness, and silence speaks with hidden beauty and truth.
Shusaku Endo's novel Silence, first published in 1966, endures as one of the greatest works of 20th-century Japanese literature. Its narrative of the persecution of Christians in 17th-century Japan raises uncomfortable questions about God and the ambiguity of faith in the midst of suffering and hostility.
Endo's Silence took visual artist Makoto Fujimura on a pilgrimage of grappling with the nature of art, the significance of pain, and his own cultural heritage. His artistic faith journey overlaps with Endo's as he uncovers deep layers of meaning in Japanese history and literature, expressed in art both past and present. He finds connections to how faith is lived amid trauma and glimpses of how the Gospel is conveyed in Christ-hidden cultures.
©2017 Intervarsity (P)2017 Oasis Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Chloe on 02-16-17

Refreshing perspective

What made the experience of listening to Silence and Beauty the most enjoyable?

I enjoy that Makoto fujimura explored doubt and faith in a healthy way. As often times those two things are at enmity in our minds. Christianity grounded in reality. It was very therapeutic.

What other book might you compare Silence and Beauty to and why?

I wouldn't compare this to anything I've ever read.

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5 out of 5 stars
By M. Burlingame on 02-26-18

A unique book of history and reflections

A fascinating book filled with deep relections! It isn’t the usual story that proceeds linearly with a monotonic theme. Fujimura moves around discussing Endo and his book, Silence, the history behind it, and Scorsese’s movie which took some 20 years to produce. His reflections on Japanese culture and how it has been shaped by the 17th century persecution of Christians, WWII, and Western materialism, are profoundly helpful in understanding this unique island nation. Read Fujimura’s book; stay with him as he wanders though many subjects. You will be rewarded like enjoying a work of modern art.

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