The Sea and Poison: A Novel (New Directions Paperbook) by Shusaku Endo, Michael Gallagher
The Sea and Poison: A Novel (New Directions Paperbook)
Author: Shusaku Endo, Michael Gallagher
Title: The Sea and Poison: A Novel (New Directions Paperbook)
ISBN10: 0811211983
ISBN13: 978-0811211987
Format: .PDF .EPUB .FB2
Publisher: New Directions; Reprint edition (April 17, 1992)
Language: English
Size pdf: 1416 kb
Size epub: 1659 kb
Rating: 3.5 ✪
Votes: 456
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Contemporary

The novel The Sea and Poison won the Akutagawa Prize when it was published in Japan in 1958 and established Shusaku Endo in the forefront of modern Japanese literature.

The Sea and Poison was the first Japanese book to confront the problem of individual responsibility in wartime, painting a searing picture of the human race’s capacity for inhumanity. At the outset of this powerful story we find a Doctor Suguro in a backwater of modern-day Tokyo practicing expert medicine in a dingy office. He is haunted by his past experience and it is that past which the novel unfolds. During the war Dr. Suguro serves his internship in a hospital where the senior staff is more interested in personal career-building than in healing. He is induced to assist in a horrifying vivisection of a POW. "What is it that gets you," one of his colleagues asks. "Killing that prisoner? The conscience of man, is that it?"