Pub. Date: Jan. 2003
Paperback: 102 pages
Dimensions (in inches): 7.44 x 4.72 x 0.28
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About This Book
This book is the first in a trilogy of novellas that include "The Hungry Soul"
and "The Hour of Judas." Written from the perspective of an elementary school
boy during the post Korean War period in the 1950s, it paints Seoul as
simultaneously bleak and impoverished but also "toy-like." Destined to rely
heavily on an incompetent and impotent father, the young narrator lives in
extreme poverty in an urban slum wracked by constant hunger yet still produces a
story that is at times lovely and touching. Although born in Osaka, Japan, in
1942, Lee grew up in North Gyeongsang Province where his family immigrated
immediately after Korea's 1945 liberation from Japanese colonial rule. He has
become a prolific writer since winning a literary prize from the vernacular
Seoul Daily in 1966. His works, lyrical in style, explore the darker side of
psychology and society, revealing his deep interest in the roots of human
pathos, violence, alienation and loneliness.
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