Other Literary Forms
Although Shsaku End wrote first-rate short fiction, he is better known as the leading Roman Catholic writer of Japan and as a novelist and essayist. Of his novels, the best known are Obakasan (1959; Wonderful Fool, 1974), Kazan (1959; Volcano, 1978), Chimmoku (1966; Silence, 1969), Kuchibue o fuku toki (1974; When I Whistle, 1979), Samurai (1980; The Samurai, 1982), Sukyandaru (1986; Scandal, 1988), Dipu riba (1993; Deep River, 1994), and Shukuteki (1995). Two of these, Silence and The Samurai, are historical, the rest contemporary. In addition to these important works, End wrote plays, biographies, essays, diaries, interviews, and accounts of his travels. As for essays, he wrote on morality, religion, art, literature, and history; specifically, he treated of Jesus, Christian martyrs, medieval castles, women and the family, and love.