Something beautiful is broken, but you hope to repair it in such a way that it can become even more beautiful than before it shattered.
This is what happens in the novel Kintsugi too. Through a series of stories, we learn of a possible reconciliation between settlers and indigenous people. Love conquers all, as they say – religion, skin colour, race. But can we love creatures that belong to a totally different species? Can beings with tails be anything other than animals?
Language is what makes us human. But it also makes us capable of creating nonhumans. Bringsværd has a good grip on the paradoxes. Kintsugi is an ambitious and in terms of form complex novel, kicking hard at the moralistic apparatus.
Bringsværd has an idea that things are possible. But that does not take away his ability of seeing the realities we are facing on this planet of ours, with sharp vision. Imagination is the ability to take your thoughts far and wide, but also about deep empathy. If we have the will, we can imagine almost anything. Also when it comes to the mutilation we put upon lives other than our own.
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