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The Reverse Side of Life

About the Books

Author
Lee Seung-u
Co-Author
-
Translator
Kong Yoo-Jung
Publisher
Peter Owen
Published Year
2005
Country
UNITED KINGDOM City : London
Classification
literature > Korean Literature > Korean Fiction > 21st century
Original Title
생의 이면
Original Language
Korean(한국어)
Romanization of Original
Saengui imyeon
ISBN
720612594
Page
208

About the Author

  • Lee Seung-U
  • Birth : 1959 ~ -
  • Occupation : Novelist
  • First Name : Seung-U
  • Family Name : Lee
  • Korean Name : 이승우
  • ISNI : -
  • Works : 28
About the Original Work
  • 생의 이면
  • Author : Lee Seung-U
  • Published Year : 1992
  • English Title : The Reverse Side of Life
More About the Original Work
Descriptions - 1 Languages
  • English(English)

Bak Bugil's father is a genius. Everyone expects him to pass the civil service examination and become a judge - except that he hasn't been seen since he left to study in Seoul. Bak lives with his mother and his father's relatives. At the end of a path at the back of the house is a persimmon tree and a ramshackle hut. Children are forbidden to go near the tree, but Bak makes repeated incursions to collect its fruit until a chance encounter with the hut's inhabitant changes his life for ever. Years later a journalist is asked to write about Bak, now one of South Korea's most original writers, and decides to reconstruct the author's childhood through an examination of his stories, novels and interviews. Yet when he meets Bak it becomes clear that the author finds such recollections traumatic. At the stratum of his earliest memories, firmly lodged like a fossil, is a face lonely and dark. The journalist knows that if he is to penetrate Bak's psyche he must first confront that face. In this partially autobiographical novel Lee Seung-U explores his roots. A theology graduate, he mixes together the notion of original sin rooted in the subconscious and its accompanying sense of insecurity, as well as the idea of a distant God who only occasionally extends a helping hand, to reveal how the conflict of the secular and the divine manifests itself in the real world.

LTI Korea Library Holdings3

No. Call No. Location Status Due Date
1 영어 813 이승우 생-공 LTI Korea Library Not Available -
2 영어 813 이승우 생-공 LTI Korea Library Available -
3 영어 813 이승우 생-공 LTI Korea Library Available -