Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

How can one justify Shsaku End being called a novelist of reconciliation?

At what point in End’s work does he begin to believe that it may be possible for Christianity to take root in Japan?

How does the technique of transposition work in Wonderful Fool and The Girl I Left Behind?

Why does End think that the Japanese are more likely to accept a Jesus who is a mother figure rather than a father figure?

In addition to that of East and West, what are some other contrasts that are thematically important in End’s work?