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    『中央駅』キム・ヘジン著【「本が好き!」レビュー】

    Japan
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    November 22, 2019

    都市の中心にある中央駅は、改築工事の真っただ中にありました。古い駅舎を壊し、新しい駅舎を建て、古い駅舎は博物館に生まれ変わります。夜になるとライトアップされ放置される工事現場。だからこそそこは、路上生活者たちのねぐらとなっていました。

    路上生活者となった若い男と、同じく路上で生活する、アル中で病気持ちの年配の女。その取り合わせを聞くだけで何とも切ない思いになるのは、間違いなく彼らが社会の一番底辺にいる人たちだからです。

    私も仕事柄、過去に路上生活をしたことのある人と、何人か関わったことがあります。彼らに共通して感じたのは、...

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    • French

    La langue et le couteau / Editions Philippe Picquier / Rentrée littéraire 2019

    France
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    August 11, 2019

    L'auteur, Kwon Jeong-hyun, né en 1970, à Cheongju, est passionné par les œuvres de Jean-Paul Sartre (à ce sujet, il devrait être prudent, car, nous savons désormais que celui-ci, fut un être peu recommandable, délateur de Louis-Ferdinand Céline, et employé par une radio officielle du maréchal...

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    • English

    Graphic Novel Review: ‘Grass’ by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim from Drawn+Quarterly

    October 9, 2019

    Grass by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim from Drawn+Quarterly gives the biography of Okseon Lee, a Korean woman who was forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Empire during World War II. As discussed in the foreword, the term “comfort women” is usually used for what Lee went through, although it is a...

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    • Polish

    Miłość i nienawiść to dwie strony tej samej monety

    Poland
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    July 9, 2019
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    • Swedish

    Det skulle kunna vara din familj

    Sweden
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    Jul 11, 2012

    Hur väl känner vi våra föräldrar? Vet vi vilka personer de är egentligen, vilka de är förutom ens föräldrar? Känner vi till deras bakgrund, vad de ville bli, vad de blev och varför de blev dem som de blev? Känner vi till deras drömmar och förhoppningar? Och de som svarar ja, är ni verkligen...

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    Gaby's Reviews : Please Look After Mom

    U.S.A.
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    May 11, 2011

    I'd read a review of Please Look After Mom in the New York Times. I was very excited to read and review the book when offered the chance through the Amazon Vine program. Written by one of South Korea's most widely read and highly respected authors, this is her first book translated into English...

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    Homa Sharifmousavi's Reviews : Please Look After Mom

    U.S.A.
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    Jul 24, 2014

    The setting of the story is in Korea,the countryside where an old couple live and Seoul where their children live.Story starts with their mom missing because she accidentally parted from her husband on the trip they took to Seoul to celebrate their birthdays with their children.As the story...

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    Kirsty's Reviews : Please Look After Mother

    U.S.A.
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    Apr 22, 2018

    I chose to read Kyung-Sook Shin's novel, Please Look After Mother, for the South Korea stop on my Around the World in 80 Books challenge. Please Look After Mother has sold almost 1.5 million copies in South Korea alone since its publication in 2009; the author is one of the country's most...

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    Jackie's Reviews : Please Look After Mom

    U.S.A.
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    Feb 3, 2011

    Kyung-sook Shin is a best selling Korean author who is finally in translation here in the States. And, oh my, how glad I am. Her writing is mesmerizing, deep and beautiful. She pushes the reader into the story by literally using referring to "you" as the narrating 
    character. "You" are...

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    • English

    Walt's Reviews : Please Look After Mom

    U.S.A.
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    Jun 11, 2011

    This novel about a Korean family cut and passed through me, stabbing me, penetrating my soul.

    Yeah, that's the adjective I want to use, piercing. That word describes my thoughts about PLEASE LOOK AFTER MOM by Kyung-sook Shin.

    The novel's story, which recounts interactions and...

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