by Kenny Fries
University of Wisconsin Press, 2021
Paper: 978-0-299-31424-8 | Cloth: 978-0-299-31420-0 | eISBN: 978-0-299-31428-6
Library of Congress Classification PS3556.R568Z46 2017
Dewey Decimal Classification 818.5403

Kenny Fries embarks on a journey of profound self-discovery as a disabled foreigner in Japan, a society historically hostile to difference. As he visits gardens, experiences Noh and butoh, and meets artists and scholars, he also discovers disabled gods, one-eyed samurai, blind chanting priests, and A-bomb survivors. When he is diagnosed as HIV positive, all his assumptions about Japan, the body, and mortality are shaken, and he must find a way to reenter life on new terms.

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