This early novel by a writer who has since become to be viewed as a master has moments of sparkling intelligence and clarity.
Publishers Weekly

The Girl I Left Behind

Fiction by Shusaku Endo

Prefiguring themes of his later work, the acclaimed Japanese writer Shusaku Endo here writes of choices made by young adults learning who they are and what they want in life. Yoshioka Tstomu is a student, not much interested in his studies, short on cash and long on sexual desire. Eventually he will settle down in a career and marry his boss’s niece. Yet he begins to hear a voice in his head that sparks a memory of Mitsu, a plain, naive country girl he once took callous advantage of during his college days. The episode meant nothing to him at the time; to her it meant the world. Yoshioka’s future is assured and conventional. Mitsu, on the other hand, takes quite another path, making a Christ-like commitment to take upon herself the suffering of others.

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Paperback (published November 1, 1995)

ISBN
9780811217736
Price US
17.95
Page Count
192

Clothbound (published November 1, 1995)

ISBN
9780811213035
Price US
25.95
Page Count
192

Shusaku Endo

20th century Japanese writer

This early novel by a writer who has since become to be viewed as a master has moments of sparkling intelligence and clarity.
Publishers Weekly