27 Oct '17, 3pm

Sweet Bean Paste by Durian Sukegawa review – a bittersweet confection about prejudice and friendship https://t.co/OY8aiFES9s

Sweet Bean Paste by Durian Sukegawa review – a bittersweet confection about prejudice and friendship https://t.co/OY8aiFES9s

ntil 1996, leprosy patients in Japan were forcibly isolated in sanatoriums, despite growing awareness that the disease was treatable and not very contagious: the disfigurement the disease could cause contributed to the prolonged policy of quarantine, even for the cured. In an endnote, Sukegawa writes that he wanted to explore what “life is all about”. A common answer to this, in Japan, is that one must be “a useful member of society”. But what purpose is to be found for those individuals, such as leprosy-sufferer Tokue, who are deprived of an opportunity to contribute to society by being shut away in prison-like hospitals most of their lives? Leaning heavily on a sentimental philosophy of cosmic interconnectedness, Sukegawa makes Tokue his mouthpiece to promote a belief that humans exist to verify the existence of the universe. Tokue braves widespread prejudice to leave he...

Full article: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/oct/27/sweet-bean-...

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