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From the author of Silence this powerful novel of ideas is also a sensitive and moving depiction of the trials of old age set in the central region of Jap Volcano was originally published in 1959 and is set the town of Kagoshima on Kyushu Island which is situated at the edge of a dormant volcano Akadak Suda Kun has just retired after a long career as the Section Chief of the Surveillance Section of the regional Weather Bureau He was called the Akadak Demon as he claimed to know about the volcano than anyone else on the island despite his lack of a formal education He wishes to publish a book about his research in order to cement his reputation and agrees to help Aiba a local city councilman in a profit making scheme in exchange for financial support of his bookFather Sato is the popular leader of a small but growing Catholic church in town who has replaced Father Durand a Frenchman who was removed for committing apostasy Durand embittered by his fall receives freuent visits by Sato but he belittles his former assistant and his plans to build a sanctuary for his followers on the side of the volcanoSuda and Durand are felled by serious illness and are faced with their own mortality At the same time Akadak is showing signs of renewed life after decades of dormancy which threaten the plans of Aiba and Father Sato Suda who has proclaimed that the volcano is permanently dormant chooses to ignore clues which indicate that it is becoming active Durand actively tries to undermine Sato s position and the faith of the people he formerly ministered to Both men face their own mortality and guilt about their past behavior while the smoking volcano towers over them ominously as if in judgment of them Volcano is a superbly written and dark yet hopeful novel whose two main characters experience torment and guilt in the face of imminent death Suda s lack of compassion toward his wife and sons and Durand s lack of belief in the faith of his parishioners lead directly to the fall of each man as the volcano serves as a metaphor for both good and evil and as a symbol of the unchanging power of Nature and God

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Kazan author Shūsaku Endō

Al work in Endo's oeuvre charts the conflicts between them which have explosive results This is the first paperback edition of one of Endo's greatest work I m so glad I gave Endo a second chance after being terribly disappointed by Silence This is a much satisfactory novel The main characters are Suda a meteorologist and seismologist and Durand a catholic priest who s been expelled from the Church Both men are reaching the end of life and end up meeting in hospital after Suda has his first stroke Suda devoted the last 15 years of his career to a close study of volcano Akadak a short boat ride away from town Suda prides himself on knowing this volcano better than anybody else even though in fact he has just espoused unconditionally his mentor s view that Akadak is about to become extinct and can t have any major eruptions This theory is music to the ears of an ambitious businessman who needs Suda s word to convince investors to put money into a brand new Western style hotel complex on the slopes of the volcano The novel starts on the day of Suda s retirement when he reaches a deal with Aiba in exchange for Suda s scientific support of his real estate scheme Aiba will pay for the publication of Suda s detailed study of the volcano On the other hand Durand s successor Father Sato also has plans to his own to build a retreat centre for his parishioners on the volcanic island so that all the characters have a stake in what happens with Akadak When Suda starts having doubts about potential eruptions it is too late and he dies without being able to express his misgivings His last weeks are embittered by the realization that his relatives are impatient for him to die and that his long obsession with Akadak may not have made him the peerless specialist he thought he was In fact it becomes clear that his involvement with Aiba s scheme clouded his judgement For his part Durand actively wishes the volcano to erupt because having made a mess of his life he can t stand the sight of people having a good time His favorite pastime is to go and hang around Father Sato s church to needle the poor well meaning priest and frighten his former parishioners For a bit of sick fun he gives alms obtained from Father Sato to a young convert in the hope the young man will do something sinful with it At the end of the novel with both construction projects well under way the reader cannot but share the characters s anxiety about what the volcano will do This is a measure of Endo s achievement with this simple but very effective story about men faith and bad faith

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An With two masterly portraits of two men who have lived their lives both physically and metaphorically under the shadow of the Akadeke volcano this cruci I loved Volcano and finished it in just a few days End uses beautiful language to tell a story and delve into 2 men s reflective gaze into their lives Central to the story are the issues of compassionate love or better the lack of it aging death and self worth I found the two main characters fascinating and well brought to life In the character of Jimpei Suda End perfectly captures the fears and dread of a person s whose life s work is on the line and who when looking back on his life sees it was mostly devoid of meaningful relationships In Durand a man who also sees his life s work as a failure and a desire to watch it all burn to the ground The exploration of the inner worlds of these men was the novels greatest element I also enjoyed the use of the volcano itself as both a metaphor for aging and a plot device ever working building up towards an explosive ending Having lived in Japan and visited Kagoshima the city on which the setting borrows from I greatly enjoyed this window into the Japanese experience Another great work by End


10 thoughts on “Kazan author Shūsaku Endō

  1. says:

    My outing into the Japanese literature has always been a rewarding experienceThis is also no exception A simple theme expounded using the Japanese landscapeOne of the natural happenings associated with Japanese geology is volcanic eruptions This novel is set in a town close to a olddyingdead volcano There are mainly three princi

  2. says:

    This was a melancholic book which I had some trouble connecting with despite its interesting depictions of Japanese culture What I did enjoy was the symbolism of the volcano linking it to human life The two protagnonists Jinpei and Father Durand were both pretty pathetic characters Jinpei was uite horrible to his wife and

  3. says:

    Volcano was originally published in 1959 and is set the town of Kagoshima on Kyushu Island which is situated at

  4. says:

    A priest a former priest a retired weatherman and an oily councilman potter around as a dormant volcano may or may not be about to eruptSome g

  5. says:

    I loved Volcano and finished it in just a few days Endō uses beautiful language to tell a story and delve into 2 men’s reflective gaze int

  6. says:

    A petty scientific functionary retires grapples with his meaningless existence and horrible family in the shadow of a volcano which may or ma

  7. says:

    I'm so glad I gave Endo a second chance after being terribly disappointed by Silence This is a much satisfactory novel The main characters are Suda a meteorologist and seismologist and Durand a catholic priest who's been expelled from the Church Both men are reaching the end of life and end up meeting in hospital after S

  8. says:

    'A volcano resembles human life In youth it gives rein to the passions and burns with fire It spurts out lava But when it grows old it assumes the burden of those past evil deeds It turns deathly uiet as we now behold it Nevertheless a human being is not entirely like the volcano When we grow old will cast a backward glanc

  9. says:

    Shusako Endo was a Japanese Catholic at a time when Catholics represented less than 1% of Japan’s population and he had a very hard time reconciling Catholicism and the traditional Japanese culture and religion Because of this–and because E

  10. says:

    A volcano resembles human life In youth it gives rein to its passions and burns with fire It spurts out lava But when it grows old it assumes the burden of those past evil deeds and it turns as uiet as a grave You younger men can hardly fathom the pathos of this mountainAcuired after browsing the shelves of a

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