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Inspired by Despair: Sir Chancellor by Bae Myung-hoon


In this collection of short stories, an election is a battleground where a plethora of desires clash by way of each candidate. An election comes to a close when the winner and loser are decided. Although it may not be long before the voters who voted for the winner will feel betrayed by the leader they chose, for the time being they cannot help but cheer and gloat in the joy of victory. The defeated and his supporters offer congratulations and encouragement to the victor, but they also despair at the thought of the authority the victor will wield as the leader. Here, at the point of despair, a fantasy will arise. If private fantasy is born when personal desire has been crushed, then social fantasy is created when collective desire has been thwarted by social institutions or authority.



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