Author: Shan Sa
Translator: Sang-hae Lee
Publisher: Hyundai Munhak
318 pages | 223*152mm
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About This Book
In a remote Manchurian town in the 1930s, a sixteen-year-old girl is more
concerned with intimations of her own womanhood than the escalating hostilities
between her countrymen and their Japanese occupiers. While still a schoolgirl in
braids, she takes her first lover, a dissident student. The more she understands
of adult life, however, the more disdainful she is of its deceptions, and the
more she loses herself in her one true passion: the ancient game of go.
Incredibly for a teenager–and a girl at that–she dominates the games in her town. No opponent interests her until she is challenged by a stranger, who reveals himself to us as a Japanese soldier in disguise. They begin a game and continue it for days, rarely speaking but deeply moved by each otherís strategies. As the clash of their peoples becomes ever more desperate and inescapable, and as each oneís untold life begins to veer wildly off course, the girl and the soldier are absorbed by only one thing–the progress of their game, each move of which brings them closer to their shocking fate.
In The Girl Who Played Go, Shan Sa has distilled the piercing emotions of adolescence into an engrossing, austerely beautiful story of love, cruelty and loss of innocence.
"Dreamy . . . powerful . . . this unlikely love story . . . is beautiful, shocking, and sad." –Jennifer Reese, Entertainment Weekly
"Lovely and delicate as a carved jade flower . . . This is beautiful writing." –Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal
"Harrowing . . . While exploring epic themes like the loss of innocence and the meaning of honor, it lingers on the tiny, exquisite details of life in a remote, cosmopolitan Manchurian town in the thirties." –Elizabeth Schmidt, Vogue
About The Author
Shan Sa was born in Beijing, began writing at the age of seven, and had her first poems, essays, and short stories published at the age of eight. In 1990 she moved to Paris, where she learned French, studied philosophy, and worked for the famous painter Balthus. In 2001 her novel The Girl Who Played Go won the Goncourt Prize and earned critical acclaim worldwide. Shan Sa is also a celebrated painter with prominent exhibitions in Paris and New York.
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