Review: Holy Ghosts

My review of Rebecca Suter’s Holy Ghosts: The Christian Century in Modern Japanese Fiction is up now on Marginalia. It’s a great book for anyone interested in learning more about the legacy of Japan’s Christian Century (late 16th to early 17th centuries) in Japanese fiction.

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One work of Japanese fiction on the Christian Century that has arguably had the biggest impact on the popular imagination is Shūsaku Endō’s 遠藤周作 1966 Silence (沈黙 Chinmoku). Martin Scorsese’s Silence (starring Liam Neeson) is based on the book, and it is going to be coming out soon.


Suter’s book provides a nice counterpoint to Silence, which has received so much attention that it has tended to overshadow many of the other impressive works that have also been produced on this theme.