Jun-sik and Min-u are half-brothers. Min-u is a social activist who participated in the student demonstrations, while Jun-sik worked hard to become a teacher after graduating from the university night classes. Although he started with nothing of his own, Jun-sik earns enough to purchase a small apartment, and even marries an employee from his school's general affairs department. However, their marriage is impulsive, and there is no understanding or solidarity between Jun-sik and his wife. Min-u’s appearance drivers the wedge between the couple even deeper. From Min-u, Jun-sik’s wife feels something that Jun-sik is lacking and begins to despise Jun-sik blatantly. As Jun-sik watches his wife grow fond of Min-u while despising him, Jun-sik’s victim mentality grows.
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This is the third short story collection by Lee Chang-dong, published in 1992. It mainly features the lives of the urban poor and petit bourgeoisie in cities. The protagonists of the stories in this collection make efforts to overcome their realities and become awakened.
1992년 출간된 이창동의 세 번째 소설집이다. 주로 도시에서 살아가는 도시 빈민과 소시민들의 삶을 형상화하고 있다. 그러나 현실을 극복하고 자신을 각성시키고자 하는 주인공들의 노력을 볼 수 있다는 평가를 받는다.