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A Voice Still HeardSelected Essays of Irving Howe$
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Irving Howe and Nina Howe

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300203660

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300203660.001.0001

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Mission from Japan: Review of The Samurai {1982}

Mission from Japan: Review of The Samurai {1982}

(p.235) Mission from Japan: Review of The Samurai {1982}
A Voice Still Heard

Irving Howe

Yale University Press

This chapter presents Irving Howe's 1982 review of The Samurai by Shusaku Endo. In his book review, Howe attempts to understand the mind of the Japanese author and the literary themes of his fiction, a story of two men who are forced to compromise their integrity for the sake of their mission. The Samurai offers an honest, unsentimental perspective on religious conversion, and the frustration of trying to bring about conversion in someone else. Howe contends that Endo fails to answer a number of questions in his novel, such as whether Jesus Christ can survive without Christianity without the very institutions, rituals, and doctrines that must often twist his word.

Keywords:   book review, Irving Howe, The Samurai, Shusaku Endo, fiction, religious conversion, Jesus Christ, Christianity

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