size: A5, 312pages. publisher: Munhakdongne, August 2001.
About this book
A famous author, Shin's fourth novel. This is a story about a young woman who leads a lonely life. The character resembles a tiny flower, violet. The author tells us the story in a slow and quiet tone, by depicting very trivial and insignificant movements and events in which you may find the meaning of life.
From the Publisher
The title 'Violet' implies the literal meaning as a flower and color, and also indicates a coy lady. At the same time, it also invokes violence. The writer interconnects the multiple meanings in the novel through various episodes and metaphors. She further deepens its connotation by overlapping the tragic fate of the Greek mythology. Seoul thus turns into a stage where a mythical tragedy might be presented. Therefore, the color of violet may indicate bloodstained ordeals, an impediment of the alienated and the depressed.
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