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- DescriptionYi Chung-jun's haunting and disturbing vel is set in the 1950s after the Korean War in the remote south of the country, home of the traditional art of pansori singing, a moving and plangently beautiful style of folk song performed by traveling musicians. The linked stories center on a family of itinerant singers: a boy and his stepfather and half-sister.Believing thathis stepfather caused his mother's death, the boy cant live with the murderous hatred he feels towards him, so he disappears, leaving father and daughter to travel and perform alone. Believing her art can become elevated to the highest standard only by sensory deprivation, the father is said to have blinded the child. Thereafter, she becomes a legendary performer throughout the land. Years later the half-brother arrives in a village and finds his sister in a tavern. He asks her to sing for him, and with his drum accompaniment the two perform pansori songs throughout the nightthough never explicitly ackwledging their relationship. So begins an unforgettable chain of events in one of the strangest and most haunting of vels exploring themes such as forgiveness, the redemptive power of art, and modern man's loss of incence and alienation from traditional valuesthe values at the heart of Seopyeonje. A magic-realist gem, the vel employs epic myth and fantasy to create a fusion of the real and the fantastic. Yi Chung-jun's story has attained near-mythical status in South Korea, especially with the acclaimed and award-winning film of the vel breaking box-office records on its release in the 1990s.
- Author BiographyYiChung-Jun(1939-2008) was one of the leading South Korean novelists in recent years. Many of his works have been adapted into movies and drama series. According to critic Kim Byeong-ik, Yi Chung-jun opened up a new pace of Korean literature before the true modern literature of Korea was established in the 1960s. Yi Chung-jun died from lung cancer at the age of 68 in July 2008.
- Author(s)Yi Chung-jun
- PublisherPeter Owen Publishers
- Date of Publication01/08/2011
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPeter Owen Publishers
- Weight500 g
- Width129 mm
- Height198 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Translated byOk Young Kim Chang
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