Bak Minu is a successful architect. He is satisfied and content with his life, though he lives alone, having sent his wife to live in America with their daughter. One day, he receives a note from the woman who was his first love. Recalling the past, he tries to find the village where the two of them grew up, but discovers it has long since vanished, having been razed for redevelopment. Meanwhile, Jeong Uhui, a young theater director, lives in a semi-basement room and pursues a life of art, staging plays she likes. She struggles to make ends meet, however, and must work part-time at a convenience store. She tries her best not to give up theater, but it is not easy.
2015년에 출간된 황석영의 소설이다. 작가는 폐허가 된 마을에서 어린시절을 보낸 주인공과 그의 주변인물들이 가난으로 무너지는암담한 현실을 작가 특유의 핍진한 묘사로 그려내고 있다. 가난한 개인은 사회의 책임이라는 것을 가난으로 사라지는 사람들을 통해 강조하고 있다.
This novel by Hwang Sok-yong was published in 2015. With characteristic verisimilitude, the author relates the story of an architect who discovers his childhood hometown has been demolished for redevelopment. The lives of the poor are depicted in great detail, driving home the message that poverty is a social issue.
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