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Loulan
Loulan
Loulan
Item#: 8936433717
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Product Description
Korean Title: Nuran
Author: Ki-young Hyun
Publisher: Changbi
300 pages | 223*152mm

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About This Book

Loulan is a desert city that prospered until the 6th century AD on the southern road to the west of the Silk Road. Although it now is lost without a trace in the mounds of sand, it at one time boasted fabulous wealth as a center of East-West trade. Hyun Ki-young uses the image of this fallen desert city to remind us that the reality of the 2000ís, gained as a result of countless peopleís passion and sacrifice for the democratization of South Korean society in the 1980ís, remains but a shadow captivated by an essentially empty material civilization. Heo Mu-seong, the protagonist, finally betrays his comrades after unspeakable torture for his dedicated involvement in pro-democracy student activism of the 1980ís. Subsequently, he studies abroad with help from the state intelligence agency and becomes a college professor, continuing to work as a secret informer on studentsí activities. However, he is unable to accept his own betrayal and to bear changes in people, who have now embraced a lavish material civilization. The only ray of hope that Heo discovers is a young student of his, who is also a street artist. Amidst guilt, love for the student, and skepticism about society, the protagonist choses as his solution a path that no one has even imagined. This novel vividly reflects the authorís keen sense of the absurdity of reality, one of his main themes.


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