Author: Yi Mun-yol
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About This Book
Yi Munyeol, one of Korea's most distinguished novelists,
reflects on our life, love and the world we live in his short story "Twofold
Song." Beginning with the line, "Life is loneliness. Or it is not loneliness,"
the story starts with a seemingly contradicting set of sentences. This book
discusses love and desire to show us that our lives and the world we live in are
composed twofold. Our lives are twofold in that they can be both lonely and not
lonely. The world is twofold in that it consists of men and women. When a man
meets a woman and together they create a fold; it is called love. The infinite
twofoldness of love, however, frustrates lovers who want to become and remain
one-fold. On a lonely autumn afternoon when trees premonish the cold winter, a
man and a woman who have dated for the past few years are on a bench about to
break up. They talk to each other but the message one wants to send does not
reach the other. When the man speaks of snow, the woman comes up with sunlight.
They recall their three-year relationship differently, as if they are singing a
two-part song. For example, the woman's once dazzling beauty is for the man a
"flower's sorrow just before it withers." In this way, the man and the woman
sing the twofold song that cannot be mingled as they anticipate their
separation. Through the couple, author Yi compares the dual nature of the world
to that of a male-female dichotomy. The "two-folds" want to become one through
love, but love in itself is twofold, as is life, and thus their efforts to
become one fail. Yi made his literary debut in 1979 with "Saehagok" winning the
New Spring Literary Contest sponsored by The Dong-a Ilbo. His other works
include "Our Twisted Hero", "Portrait of Youthful Days For the Vanished Things",
and "The Son of Man".
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