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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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Hardback Editions

September 1982 : USA Hardback
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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
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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 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Samurai (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): Shusaku Endo
ISBN: 0-241-30746-5 / 978-0-241-30746-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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August 2010 : UK Paperback
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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
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Title: 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
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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
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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.
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July 1990 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Samurai (King Penguin)
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Title: The Samurai
Author(s): Shusaku Endo
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   


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



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