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Trying Hard Not to Play Nice: Come Back Home by Yun Young-su


Even as Yun Young-su has been faithful to the principles of realism, she has crafted a world of her own with fine, stylish sentences, and a delicate, controlled sense of balance. What is strikingly characteristic of her novels is that even though the writer hovers freely over the characters’ consciousness and their interior and exterior psychology, she does not try to exercise moral control over them. Yun uses restraint and maintains observational distance from the characters; instead of asking readers to side with particular characters or to identify with their perspectives, she offers us a penetrating view of their psychology and actions, and perhaps the overall meaning of the situation in which they are placed. Because of this, when reading Yun’s novels, readers come to observe the characters rather than approve of their lives.



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