Shusaku Endo (1923-1996) is considered one of Japan's best authors from the twentieth century. Endo, born in Tokyo, later earned a degree from Keio University. He also went on to study in Lyon, France. His books attracted much attention in Japan, earning him several literary awards. Later in life, he was elected to the Japan Arts Academy and received honorary doctorates from several American universities.
Several of Endo's works are available in English from New Directions Publishing.