'The Broken Commandment': Toson Shimazaki's humanist bildungsroman of a 'burakumin'

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'The Broken Commandment': Toson Shimazaki's humanist bildungsroman of a 'burakumin'

by Kris Kosaka

A classic from 1906, Toson Shimazaki's "The Broken Commandment" follows the ideological struggles of a young teacher, Ushimatsu Segawa. The Broken Commandment, by Toson Shimazaki, Translated by Kenneth Strong.249 pages UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO PRESS, Fiction. Born into the ostracized burakumin caste but hiding his origins by following ...