Sunday, October 09, 2016

Doubt and faith …

… The Sea’s Gray Sameness: Fifty Years of Endo's ‘Silence’ - Christ and Pop Culture. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

I don’t know what it’s like for a non-Christian to read Silence; for a Christian it is a harrowing experience, almost unbearable at times. Endo studied French literature in Japan and eventually in France itself, and the cadences and obsessions of Albert Camus are evident in his spare prose; behind Camus lurks the shadow of Blaise Pascal, so frightened by “the eternal silence of these infinite spaces.”

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