Dwarf Launches a Little Ball
Product DescriptionKorean Title: Nanjang-iga Ssoa-olin Jaageun Gong
Author: Se-hui Cho
Publisher: Iseonggwa Him
223*152mm; 351 pages
Series: English Edition
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About This Book
The dwarf is Kim Bu-ri, the head of a family living in an impoverished neighborhood in the outskirts of Seoul, ironically named Happiness District, Paradise County. When the neighborhood goes into redevelopment, the dwarf's home is demolished, and with it, the very foundation of his family's life. What ensues is a tragic tale of economic disempowerment and the resulting loss of human dignity. Through the eyes of the dwarf's three children as they struggle desperately to restore the shattered fragments of their lives, Cho Se-hui sketches the seedy underbelly of a society in the violent throes of industrialization. When it was first published in 1978, A Dwarf Launches a Little Ball -- the title story in a collection of twelve linked narratives -- was passionately embraced by the public. Through the enduring figure of the dwarf, the work managed to give shape to the prevailing sense of individual despair in a climate of political oppression and acute economic contradictions. More than two decades later, it remains one of the most powerful indictments of modern society to emerge from Korean literature. This story was adapted into the feature film A Dwarf Launches a Little Ball (1980) by Lee Won-se.
About The Author
Cho Se-hui (1942-) was born in Gapyeong, Gyeonggi Province and graduated from Kyunghee University with a degree in Korean literature. He debuted in 1965 but it was with the publication of A Dwarf Launches a Little Ball in the mid-70s that he emerged as a major writer, capable of refracting the wretched reality of the alienated classes in contemporary Korea through literary imagination lined with fantasy. The winner of the prestigious Dong-in Prize for Literature in 1979, A Dwarf Launches a Little Ball has remained on the steady best seller list for over two decades.
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