by Senka Marić
Translated from Bosnian by Celia Hawkesworth
Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics with liquid gold, to highlight and celebrate an object’s past. In this powerful novella, Senka Marić uses this concept to interrogate ideas of illness, survival and recovery. Laced with a drive for life, sensuality and pleasure, Body Kintsugi is an intimate and optimistic book about a woman’s relationship with her body as it breaks and is put back together.
‘A raw and moving book, written in exquisite, taut prose, which explores illness and healing through an inventive, kaleidoscopic narrative.’Sam Mills, author of The Fragments of My Father
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