Eungyo and Mujae work in an electronic shopping mall that is scheduled to be demolished due to urban development. In the chaotic shopping mall ahead of the demolition, the two hear the stories of other merchants in the mall. They were all powerless and good people who couldn’t do anything to resist injustice, having been driven into difficult circumstances and becoming victims of the system. Asking themselves if this is a good place for humans to live, Eungyo and Mujae feel bitter about the life around them.
This is a novel by Hwang Jungeun, which was first printed in the fall issue of Segyeui munhak (Literature of the World) in 2009, and published in the book form in 2010. In the same year, this book won the 43rd Hankook Ilbo Literary Award. It tells the story of good people who are exposed to structural violence and a life of painful reality, centered on the protagonist who works in a downtown shopping mall that is about to be demolished and turned into something new.
2009년 <세계의 문학> 가을호에 전재되었던 황정은의 장편소설로, 2010년에 출간되었다. 같은 해 제43회 한국일보문학상을 수상했다. 작품은 재개발을 앞둔 도심의 상가에서 일하는 주인공을 중심으로 구조적인 폭력에 노출되어 고통스러운 현실에서 저마다의 삶을 꾸려나가는 선량한 사람들의 이야기를 들려준다.
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