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In the fast-paced, high-urban landscape of Seoul, C and K are brothers who have fallen in love with the same woman?Se-yeon?who tears at both of them as they all try desperately to... Read more
In the fast-paced, high-urban landscape of Seoul, C and K are brothers who have fallen in love with the same woman?Se-yeon?who tears at both of them as they all try desperately to find real connection in an atomized world. A spectral, nameless narrator haunts the edges of their lives as he tells of his work helping the lost and hurting find escape through suicide. Dreamlike and beautiful, the South Korea brought forth in this novel is cinematic in its urgency and its reflection of contemporary life everywhere?far beyond the boundaries of the Korean peninsula. Recalling the emotional tension of Milan Kundera and the existential anguish of Bret Easton Ellis, I Have the Right to Destroy Myself achieves its author's greatest wish?to show Korean literature as part of an international tradition. Young-ha Kim is a young master, the leading literary voice of his generation.
I Have the Right to Destroy Myself Paperback edition by Young-ha Kim
YOUNG-HA KIM has published three novels and numerous short stories and has a daily radio show. He teaches drama at the Korean National University of Arts and has received all of Korea's top literary awards. He lives in Seoul.
In the fast-paced urban landscape of Seoul, C and K are brothers who have fallen in love with the same woman - Se-yeon - who tears at both of them as they all try to find real connection in an atomized world. A spectral, nameless narrator haunts the edges of their lives as he tells of his work helping lost and hurting find escape through suicide.
"This sprawling epic novel dips heavily into the concurrent Mexican revolution and the treatment of the Mayans. Spare and beautiful, Kim's novel offers a look at the roots of the little-known tribulations of the Korean diaspora in Mexico." ?Publishers Weekly, starred and boxed review
In 1904, as the Russo-Japanese War deepened, Asia was parceled out to rising powers and the Korean empire was annexed by Japan. Facing war and the loss of their nation, more than a thousand Koreans left their homes to seek possibility elsewhere?in unknown Mexico. After a long sea voyage, these emigrants?thieves and royals, priests and soldiers, orphans and entire families?disembark with the...
Black Flower puts a fictional spin on a little-known moment when thousands of Koreans fled political upheaval and the fall of their empire to seek land and freedom in Mexico, found themselves bonded laborers on its plantations, and eventually started a revolution that led briefly to a "new Korea."
From "one of South Korea's best and most worldly writers" (NPR): An electric collection that captivates and provokes in equal measure, exploring what it means to be on the edge?between life and death, good and evil
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