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Silence is a novel of historical fiction by Japanese author Shusaku Endo. It is the story of a Jesuit missionary sent to seventeenth century Japan, who endured persecution in the time of Kakure Kirishitan ("Hidden Christians") that followed the defeat of the Shimabara Rebellion.

Written mostly in the form of a letter by its central character, the theme of a silent God who accompanies a believer in adversity was greatly influenced by the Catholic Endo's experience of religious discrimination in Japan, racism in France and debilitating tuberculosis.

The recipient of the 1966 Tanizaki Prize, Silence has been called "Endo’s supreme achievement" and "one of the twentieth century’s finest novels".

"Silence I regard as a masterpiece, a lucid and elegant drama". Irving Howe. — The New York Review of Books.
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