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The Sea and Poison

(1958)
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The novel The Sea and Poison won the Akutagawa Prize when it was published in Japan in 1958 and established Shusaku Endo in the forefront of modern Japanese literature.

The Sea and Poison was the first Japanese book to confront the problem of individual responsibility in wartime, painting a searing picture of the human race's capacity for inhumanity. At the outset of this powerful story we find a Doctor Suguro in a backwater of modern-day Tokyo practicing expert medicine in a dingy office. He is haunted by his past experience and it is that past which the novel unfolds. During the war Dr. Suguro serves his internship in a hospital where the senior staff is more interested in personal career-building than in healing. He is induced to assist in a horrifying vivisection of a POW. "What is it that gets you," one of his colleagues asks. "Killing that prisoner? The conscience of man, is that it?"

    

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Hardback Editions

September 1980 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Sea and Poison: A Novel
Author(s): Shusaku Endo
ISBN: 0-8008-7021-2 / 978-0-8008-7021-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Taplinger Pub Co
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Paperback Editions

July 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Sea and Poison
Author(s): Shusaku Endo
ISBN: 0-7206-1685-9 / 978-0-7206-1685-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers
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February 1995 : UK Paperback

Title: The Sea and Poison
Author(s): Shusaku Endo
ISBN: 0-7206-0978-X / 978-0-7206-0978-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers
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April 1992 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Sea and Poison: A Novel (New Directions Paperbook)
Author(s): Shusaku Endo
ISBN: 0-8112-1198-3 / 978-0-8112-1198-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
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1991 : Paperback
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Title: The sea and poison: A novel (UNESCO collection of representative works)
Author(s): Shusaku Endo
ISBN: 4805303301 / 978-4805303306
Publisher: Tuttle
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July 1984 : USA Paperback
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Title: Sea and Poison
Author(s): Shusaku Endo
ISBN: 0-8008-7022-0 / 978-0-8008-7022-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Taplinger Publishing Company
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July 1979 : UK Paperback

Title: Sea and Poison
Author(s): Shusaku Endo
ISBN: 0-7043-3274-4 / 978-0-7043-3274-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Quartet Books
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May 1972 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Sea and Poison (Unesco Collection of Contemporary Works)
Author(s): Shusaku Endo
ISBN: 0-7206-0132-0 / 978-0-7206-0132-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Peter Owen Ltd
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