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손님

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Original Title
손님
Title Romanization
Sonnim
Title Sub
황석영 장편소설
English Title(Printed)
The guest
Classification

literature > Korean Literature > Korean Fiction > 21st century

Author
Hwang Sok-yong
Co-Author
-
Published Year
2001
Publisher
창비
ISBN
8936433415
The Series
오늘의 作家叢書; 7
Main Characters
Yosop, Yohan, Pak Myongson, Pak Illang, Uncle Sunnam
Subject/Theme
The Shinchon massacre in Hwanghae Province, North Korea, in 1950

About the Author

  • Hwang Sok-yong
  • Birth : 1943 ~ -
  • Occupation : Novelist
  • First Name : Sok-yong
  • Family Name : Hwang
  • Korean Name : 황석영
  • ISNI : 0000000121322250
  • Works : 121
Plot

Yosop, who has been serving as a pastor in the United States, has the opportunity to visit his hometown in North Korea after 40 years since the division of the Korean Peninsula. Yosop meets his relatives still living in his hometown, and remembers the events of the time he left his homeland. In his hometown of Shinchon, Yosop’s family was landowner and Christian. However, after Korea’s liberation from the Japanese rule, the socialist regime came into power, and Yosop's family became a target of oppression. Later, when the Korean War broke out and Shinchon had fallen into temporary anarchy due to the intervention of the US military, the Christian forces mercilessly massacred the socialists. When the Chinese army intervened again, the Christian forces left Shinchon with the Americans, and Yosop's family immigrated to the United States.

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

This is a novel by Hwang Sok-yong, serialized in The Hankook Ilbo from October 2000 to March 2001. Inspired by the Shincheon Massacre in Hwanghae Province in 1950, this work presents the conflict between the people's sacrifice and ideology at the time. This story hopes for reconciliation between the victims and the perpetrators through the ritual for the dead, with the twelve chapters of the book modeled after the twelve steps of the “Hwanghae Province Shamanic Ritual for the Deceased (Hwanghae-do jinjinogwi-gut).”

2000년 10월부터 2001년 3월까지 <한국일보>에 연재된 황석영의 장편소설이다. 이 작품은 1950년에 일어난 황해도 신천 대학살 사건을 모티프로 하여 당시 민중들의 희생과 이데올로기의 대립을 형상화했다. '황해도 진지노귀굿'의 열두 마당을 책의 각 장으로 삼아 굿을 통해 피해자와 가해자의 화해를 기원하는 작품이기도 하다. 

Translated Books8 See More

  • Hebrew(עברית) Book
    האורח
    הואנג סוק-יונג / הואנג סוק-יונג / 2008 / literature > Korean Literature > Korean Fiction > 21st century
  • Spanish(Español) Book Available
    El huésped
    Hwang Sok-yong / Hwang Sok-yong / 2008 / literature > Korean Literature > Korean Fiction > 21st century
  • German(Deutsch) Book Available
    Der Gast
    Hwang Sok-yong / Hwang Sok-yong / 2007 / literature > Korean Literature > Korean Fiction > 21st century

E-Books & Audiobooks2

  • Spanish(Español) E-Books
    El huésped [Kindle Edition]
    Hwang Sok-yong / Hwang Sok-yong / 2012 / literature > Korean Literature > Korean Fiction > 21st century
  • English(English) E-Books
    The guest
    Hwang Sok-yong / Hwang Sok-yong / 2011 / literature > Korean Literature > Korean Fiction > 21st century