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The Impossible Fairy Tale

About the E-Books

Author
Han Yujoo
Co-Author
-
Translator
Janet Hong
Publisher
Graywolf Press
Published Year
2016
Country
UNITED STATES
Classification
literature > Korean Literature > Korean Fiction > 21st century
Original Title
불가능한 동화
Romanization of Original
Bulganeunghan donghwa
Original Language
Korean(한국어)
ISBN
9781602358362
Page
-
Series
OverDrive Read

About the Author

  • Han Yujoo
  • Birth : 1982 ~ -
  • Occupation : Novelist
  • First Name : Yujoo
  • Family Name : Han
  • Korean Name : 한유주
  • ISNI : 0000000073346927
  • Works : 8
About the Original Work
  • 불가능한 동화
  • Author : Han Yujoo
  • Published Year : 2013
  • English Title : The Impossible Fairytale
More About the Original Work
Descriptions - 1 Languages
  • English(English)

A chilling, wildly original novel from a major new voice from South Korea

 

The Impossible Fairy Tale is the story of two unexceptional grade-school girls. Mia is "lucky"—she is spoiled by her mother and, as she explains, her two fathers. She gloats over her exotic imported color pencils and won't be denied a coveted sweater. Then there is the Child who, by contrast, is neither lucky nor unlucky. She makes so little impression that she seems not even to merit a name.

At school, their fellow students, whether lucky or luckless or unlucky, seem consumed by an almost murderous rage. Adults are nearly invisible, and the society the children create on their own is marked by cruelty and soul-crushing hierarchies. Then, one day, the Child sneaks into the classroom after hours and adds ominous sentences to her classmates' notebooks. This sinister but initially inconsequential act unlocks a series of events that end in horrible violence.

But that is not the end of this eerie, unpredictable novel. A teacher, who is also this book's author, wakes from an intense dream. When she arrives at her next class, she recognizes a student: the Child, who knows about the events of the novel's first half, which took place years earlier. Han Yujoo's The Impossible Fairy Tale is a fresh and terrifying exploration of the ethics of art making and of the stinging consequences of neglect.

Translated Books3

  • English(English) Book
    The Impossible Fairytale
    Han Yujoo / 한유주 / 2017 / literature > Korean Literature > Korean Fiction > 21st century
  • French(Français) Book
    Un impossible conte de fées
    Han Yujoo / 한유주 / 2017 / literature > Korean Literature > Korean Fiction > 21st century
  • English(English) Book
    The Impossible Fairy Tale
    Han Yujoo / 한유주 / 2017 / literature > Korean Literature > Korean Fiction > 21st century