By: Kevin M. Doak
The publication of Endo Shusaku's Kiku's Prayer by Columbia University Press in December 2012 is a godsend to those interested in the intersection of fiction and religious freedom. The work was first serialized in the Asahi Shimbun, between November 1980 and June 1981 and published by Asahi as a book titled Onna no issho: Kiku no baai (A Woman's Life: The Case of Kiku) in 1982. Presented as a two-part work, the second part of A Woman's Life (The Case of Sachiko) is yet to be translated into English. Like Endo's more famous works Silence and Samurai, it is a historical novel, deeply based in actual historical events.