Between Reading and Writing
This study offers new insight into the intellectual and artistic development of the author by focusing on a lesser known yet significant body of work: his essays and critical texts. The book is, on the one hand, an attempt to follow the path of thinking delineated by Endō Shūsaku himself and, on the other, a methodological approach to literary studies based on the application of selected categories of Paul Ricœur’s hermeneutics. Thus, the book accentuates the problem of subjectivity and personhood in Endō’s works, ultimately exploring the question, Who is the one who asks about evil?
Appendix: Glossary of the Imagery of Evil
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Glossary of the Imagery of Evil1
Selected key words, notions, and Japanese terms and their explanations with references to the original texts discussed in the study.
1. 悪 [aku] – Evil
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