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Acknowledgments Mitsu and Kiku The Searcher Nagasaki The Road Is Long The Temple of the Southern Barbarians A Day of Hope Spies Battles in the Dark The Contest Heavy Rain A Chance Encounter The Setting of the Sun The Reunion Separation The Crowd Tsuwano Maruyama The Valley of Pain Two Kinds of Love A Man Named Ito The Blessed and the Unblessed Otome Pass The Third Winter Snow. And the Blessed Mother Going Home Epilogue Between the Lines: Author's Afterword

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I can't think of another work by Endo Shusaku that combines, as well as Kiku's Prayer, his exceptional skills as an author of historical fiction and his extraordinary ability to write fictional stories that truly touch one's heart. -- Kevin M. Doak, Georgetown University, editor of Xavier's Legacies: Catholicism in Modern Japanese Culture Endo Shusaku writes with force and stylistic verve about the vexing experience of living at the intersection among cultures, religions, and belief systems. This novel is a touching, deftly handled character study that traces the processes by which Kiku achieves self-understanding and some measure of spiritual reconciliation. -- Dennis Washburn, Dartmouth College, author of Translating Mount Fuji: Modern Japanese Fiction and the Ethics of Identity

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Endo Shusaku (1923-1996) studied French literature at the University of Lyon from 1950 to 1953. In 1995, Emperor Akihito of Japan presented him with the Order of Culture, the nation's highest honor for contributions in literature, art, and culture. His publications include the internationally acclaimed novel Silence, The Sea and Poison, A Life of Jesus, and Song of Sadness, as well as many other works dealing with childhood, the stigma of being an outsider, the experience of being a foreigner, and the difficulties of following a foreign faith. Van C. Gessel is professor of Japanese at Brigham Young University. He is the author of Three Modern Novelists: Soseki, Tanizaki, Kawabata; coeditor of The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Literature; and translator of seven literary works by Endo Shusaku, including The Samurai and Deep River.

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A beautifully faithful and rich depiction of 19th century Japan. Book Junkie Joint Deftly plotted and well researched, the novel is tinged with affection for Nagasaki -- Joseph S. O'Leary The Japan Times A rewarding journey. New Pages A powerful and suspenseful read. -- Todd Shimoda Asian Review of Books A wonderful, poignant and beautiful work of historical fiction - highly recommended! Historical Novels Review

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