After the death of the Gapyeong Group Chairman Kim Gi-seop, the people at the Gapyeong Group asks the narrator to reveal the source of the phrase “Jaesangpyeongyeosu (財上平如水), injungjiksahyeong (人中直似衡),” which was in the chairman's wallet. While searching for the meaning of the phrase, the narrator learns about the life of Im Sang-ok, a merchant in the Joseon Dynasty. Im Sang-ok was from a peddler family in Uiju, North Pyeongan Province, but through several opportunities and several crises, he became Joseon's greatest merchant, leading a life of righteousness and justice, refraining from excessive greed, and adhering to his business ethics.
This is a novel by Choi In-ho, published in 2000. It reconstructs of the life of Im Sang-ok, a merchant from Uiju, who lived in the Joseon Dynasty. Through the life of Im Sang-ok, who became a great merchant at a time when merchants were despised, this novel warns against the moral corruption of today's Korean economy.
2000년에 출간된 최인호의 장편소설이다. 조선 시대에 실재했던 의주 상인 '임상옥'의 일대기를 소설적으로 재구성한 작품이다. 상인이 천대받던 시기에 상인의 도(道)를 이룬 임상옥의 삶을 통해 오늘날 한국경제의 도덕적 타락을 경계하는 내용을 담고 있다.
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