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Shūsaku Endō

1923 - 1996

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Shūsaku Endō (遠藤 周作, Endō Shūsaku, March 27, 1923 – September 29, 1996) was a Japanese author who wrote from the rare perspective of a Japanese Catholic. Internationally, he is known for his 1966 historical fiction novel Silence, which was adapted into a 2016 film of the same name by director Martin Scorsese. He was the laureate of several prestigious literary accolades, including the Akutagawa Prize and the Order of Culture, and was inducted into the Roman Catholic Order of St. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Shūsaku Endō has received more than 584,042 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Shūsaku Endō is the 1,293rd most popular writer (down from 1,265th in 2019), the 284th most popular biography from Japan (down from 272nd in 2019) and the 25th most popular Japanese Writer.

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Among writers, Shūsaku Endō ranks 1,293 out of 5,755Before him are Jan Długosz, Ibn Sirin, Lycophron, Hassan ibn Thabit, Victor Serge, and Roland Topor. After him are Juan Rulfo, Mavro Orbini, Antoine-Henri Jomini, Robin Hobb, Jan Kochanowski, and Friedrich Maximilian Klinger.

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Among people born in 1923, Shūsaku Endō ranks 60Before him are Queen Anne of Romania, Nizar Qabbani, Stjepan Bobek, Walter Kohn, Freeman Dyson, and Rasul Gamzatov. After him are Chuck Yeager, Hank Williams, Stig Dagerman, Bert Trautmann, Chaleo Yoovidhya, and Victoria de los Ángeles. Among people deceased in 1996, Shūsaku Endō ranks 62Before him are Piet Hein, Lars Ahlfors, Alain Poher, Robert, Archduke of Austria-Este, Brigitte Helm, and Albert R. Broccoli. After him are František Plánička, Nicu Ceaușescu, Toru Takemitsu, Frida Boccara, Geoffrey Wilkinson, and Leonor Fini.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Shūsaku Endō ranks 284 out of 6,048Before him are Emperor Go-Shirakawa (1127), Akira Kitaguchi (1935), Tomiichi Murayama (1924), Leiji Matsumoto (1938), Tameo Ide (1908), and Yasuo Takamori (1934). After him are Emperor Yūryaku (418), Emperor Tsuchimikado (1196), Empress Shōken (1849), Toru Takemitsu (1930), Emperor Monmu (683), and Yosano Akiko (1878).

Among WRITERS In Japan

Among writers born in Japan, Shūsaku Endō ranks 25Before him are Shoko Asahara (1955), D. T. Suzuki (1870), Mori Ōgai (1862), Kobayashi Issa (1763), Eiji Yoshikawa (1892), and Yosa Buson (1716). After him are Yosano Akiko (1878), Chūya Nakahara (1907), Kenji Miyazawa (1896), Ihara Saikaku (1642), Ichiyō Higuchi (1872), and Ono no Komachi (825).