Original Works

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Printed/Published Work Korean(한국어)

빛의 제국

About the Original Works

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Original Title
빛의 제국
Title Romanization
Bichui jeguk
Title Sub
Empire of lights : 김영하 장편소설
English Title
Your Republic is Calling You
Classification
literature > Korean Literature > Korean Fiction > 21st century
Author
Kim Young-ha
Co-Author
-
Published Year
2006
Publisher
문학동네
ISBN
895460191X
Anthology
-
Main Characters
Kim Gi-yeong
Subject/Theme
Inter-Korean relations, North Korean agents, ordinary life in South Korea

About the Author

  • Kim Young-ha
  • Birth : 1968 ~ -
  • Occupation : Novelist
  • First Name : Young-ha
  • Family Name : Kim
  • Korean Name : 김영하
  • ISNI : 000000012148951X
  • Works : 81
Plot

The narrator is a secret agent from North Korea, who was sent to South Korea. He disguises his identity in South Korea to carry out operations when necessary. Since he was sent to South Korea, he has gotten a job, gotten married, and been leading an ordinary life. Then one day, he receives a sudden order to return to North Korea, and he becomes confused. Faced with a choice to give up all of his life in South Korea and go to the North or stay, he makes a grave decision.

Descriptions - 2 Languages
  • English(English)
  • Korean(한국어)

This is a novel by Kim Young-ha, published in 2010. The novel raises a contemporary problem through the point in which an individual's life and the history of a community overlap. The entire novel focuses on the events of a single day in the protagonist’s life, and this day, which is a condensed version of his life, also becomes the time for him to determine the present.

2010년에 출간된 김영하의 장편소설이다. 소설은 개인의 삶과 공동체의 역사가 겹쳐지는 지점을 통해 동시대의 문제를 제기하고 있다. 특히 소설 속에서 벌어진 일들은 주인공이 하룻동안 경험한 일인데, 압축적으로 제시된 주인공의 하루는 현재를 결정하는 시간으로 작용하기도 한다.      

Translated Books10 See more

  • Chinese(汉语) Book
    光之帝國
    金英夏 / 金英夏 / 2019 / literature > Korean Literature > Korean Fiction > 21st century
  • Bulgarian(български) Book Available
    Империя на светлината
    Ким Йонг-ха / Ким Йонг-ха / 2017 / literature > Korean Literature > Korean Fiction > 21st century
  • Czech(Český Jazyk) Book Available
    Říše světla
    Kim Jongha / Kim Jongha / 2013 / literature > Korean Literature > Korean Fiction > 21st century

E-Books & Audiobooks1

  • English(English) Ebook
    Your Republic Is Calling You
    YOUNG-HA KIM / YOUNG-HA KIM / 2012 / literature > Korean Literature > Korean Fiction > 21st century