Sweet Bean Paste
Durian Sukegawa, Alison Watts
Paperback $19.99 - Bloomsbury
Fiction - Published: 1/Dec/2017 - ISBN: 9781786071958
Sentaro has failed- he has a criminal record, drinks too much, and hasn 't managed to fulfil his dream of becoming a writer. Instead, he works in a confectionery shop selling dorayaki, a type of pancake filled with a sweet paste made of red beans. With only the blossoming of the cherry trees to mark the passing of time, he spends his days listlessly filling the pastries. Until one day an elderly, handicapped woman enters the shop.
Tokue makes the best bean paste imaginable, and begins to teach Sentaro her art. But as their friendship flourishes, societal prejudices become impossible to escape, in this quietly devastating novel about the burden of the past and the redemptive power of friendship. Durian Sukegawa studied oriental philosophy at Waseda University, before going on to work as a reporter in Berlin and Cambodia in the early 1990s. He has written a number of books and essays, as well as various TV programmes and films. He currently lives in Tokyo, Japan.
Alison Watts is a freelance translator, translating literature from Japanese into English. She currently lives in Ibaraki, Japan. A charming tale of friendship, love and loneliness in contemporary Japan
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