Deep River

By Shusaku Endo; Van C. Gessel (Translator)
(New Directions Publishing Corporation, Paperback, 9780811213202, 224pp.)

Publication Date: April 1996

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In this moving novel, a group of Japanese tourists, each of whom iswrestling with his or her own demons, travels to the River Ganges on apilgrimage of grace.

About the Author
Shusaku Endo was born in Tokyo in 1923 and died in 1996. After his parents divorced, he and his mother converted to Catholicism a faith which is central to many of his tales. He is widely regarded as Japan's leading writer and has won all his country's major literary prizes, including the Akutagawa, the Noma, the Shincho, and the Tanizaki.

J. Thomas Rimer is emeritus professor of East Asian languages and literatures at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of several works, including "Traditions in Modern Japanese Fiction: An Introduction" and "A Reader's Guide to Japanese Literature,"

Van C. Gessel is professor of Japanese literature at Brigham Young University. He is the author of "Three Modern Novelists: Soseki, Tanizaki, Kawabata" and coeditor of "The Showa Anthology: Modern Japanese Short Stories,"

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