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The Samurai

(1980)
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In the 17th century, Hasekura and three other low-level samurai are sent to seek trade with Nueva España (today's Mexico). Accompanied by Father Velasco, a Franciscan missionary and interpreter, they pursue their mission from Nueva España to Spain. Along the way, they endure not only the hardships of the journey but Velasco's incessant proselytizing. The ambitious priest, who believes that their conversion will gain him the appointment as Bishop of Japan, convinces them that they will succeed only if they convert to Christianity, and reluctantly they agree. Failure, however, is their only reward. After years of wandering, they return to Japan, where they face shame and persecution. Basing his novel on the actual voyage of Hasekura, Shusaku Endo masterfully evokes the struggle between the Western individual and the Eastern collective identity and in so doing plumbs the depths of honor, faith, and human endurance. The result is an expansive audio book of astonishing power and insight.

 
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Used availability for Shusaku Endo's The Samurai


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Hardback Editions

September 1982 : USA Hardback
Title: The Samurai
Author(s): Shusaku Endo
ISBN: 0-06-859852-1 / 978-0-06-859852-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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May 1982 : UK Hardback
Title: The Samurai
Author(s): Shusaku Endo
ISBN: 0-7206-0559-8 / 978-0-7206-0559-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers
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Paperback Editions

August 2010 : UK Paperback
Title: Samurai, The (Peter Owen Modern Classic)
Author(s): Shusaku Endo
ISBN: 0-7206-1353-1 / 978-0-7206-1353-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Peter Owen
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June 2004 : UK Paperback
Title: The Samurai (Peter Owen Modern Classic)
Author(s): Shusaku Endo
ISBN: 0-7206-1185-7 / 978-0-7206-1185-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers
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April 1997 : USA Paperback
Title: The Samurai (New Directions Classic)
Author(s): Shusaku Endo, Van C Gessel
ISBN: 0-8112-1346-3 / 978-0-8112-1346-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
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1995 : USA Paperback
Title: The Samurai : A Novel
Author(s): Shusako Endo
ISBN: 0-8048-2063-5 / 978-0-8048-2063-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Charles E. Tuttle Co.
Availability: Amazon   

July 1990 : UK Paperback
Title: The Samurai (Penguin International Writers)
Author(s): Shusaku Endo
ISBN: 0-14-012424-1 / 978-0-14-012424-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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December 1984 : USA Paperback
Title: SAMURAI (Aventura)
Author(s): Shusaku Endo
ISBN: 0-394-72726-6 / 978-0-394-72726-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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December 1983 : UK Paperback
Title: The Samurai (King Penguin)
Author(s): Shusaku Endo
ISBN: 0-14-006557-1 / 978-0-14-006557-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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Audio Editions

August 2016 : MP3 CD
Title: The Samurai
Author(s): Shusaku Endo
ISBN: 1-5318-1804-8 / 978-1-5318-1804-3
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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September 2010 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Samurai (Library Edition)
Author(s): Shusaku Endo
ISBN: 1-60981-151-8 / 978-1-60981-151-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Oasis Audio
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June 2010 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Samurai
Author(s): Shusaku Endo
ISBN: 1-59859-743-4 / 978-1-59859-743-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Oasis Audio
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December 2009 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Samurai
Author(s): Shusaku Endo
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

December 2009 : UK Audio edition
Title: The Samurai
Author(s): Shusaku Endo
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   



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