What I can believe in now is the sight of all these people, each carrying his or her individual burdens, praying at this deep river.
A novel by Japanese Christian
Shūsaku Endo, concerning faith, xenophobia, love, kindness, sacrifice, forgiveness, greed, and a host of other topics, presented by a handful of Japanese people visiting India (each for their own very different reasons). The book is an in-depth examination of what it means to be Japanese, what it means to be Christian, and how these apparently contradictory concepts can be reconciled. A film adaptation
was made in 1995.
It's not well-known
in the West, probably because it deals so heavily with the need for Japanese culture, specifically, to open up, but it's sometimes considered Endo's greatest masterpiece. It's also apparently one of two books he asked to be buried with.
Deep River contains the following tropes: