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Finding a Home: The Square by Choi In-hun


In Choi In-hun’s 1960 novel, The Square, “the square” represents a place where “no one knows or wants to know who you are and what you are.” Torn between two countries, two ideologies, and two histories, the novel’s protagonist, Lee Myong-jun, must find in what country his square is. When the novel opens, Myong-jun is a philosophy student in South Korea. His mother died years ago and his father defected to the North. When his father starts to broadcast against the South on Pyongyang radio, the police take Myong-jun in to ask whether he is an accomplice or shares the same ideology.



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