Original Works

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Printed/Published Work Korean(한국어)

네가 누구든 얼마나 외롭든

About the Original Works

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Original Title
네가 누구든 얼마나 외롭든
Title Romanization
Nega nugudeun eolmana oeropdeun
Title Sub
김연수 장편소설
English Title(Printed)
Whoever You are, No Matter How Lonely
Classification

literature > Korean Literature > Korean Fiction > 20th century

Author
Kim Yeonsu
Co-Author
-
Published Year
2007
Publisher
문학동네
ISBN
9788954603980
The Series
Munhakdongne Novel
Main Characters
The narrator, Jeongmin, Kang Siu (also Yi Gilyong)
Subject/Theme
Coincidence

About the Author

  • Kim Yeonsu
  • Birth : 1970 ~ -
  • Occupation : Novelist
  • First Name : Yeonsu
  • Family Name : Kim
  • Korean Name : 김연수
  • ISNI : 0000000080703945
  • Works : 28
Plot

It is the 1980s, and the narrator, a South Korean student activist, finds himself in Berlin. There, he meets Yi Gilyong, a film director and labor activist, but the latter has been brainwashed by the South Korean intelligence service and is working as a spy under the alias Kang Siu. The narrator happens to possess a black-and-white nude photo of a woman, left behind by his grandfather (who was forcibly conscripted during the Japanese occupation), and is startled to discover that Kang Siu owns an identical copy. Kang Siu is also in some way connected to Jeongmin, the narrator’s girlfriend: Jeongmin’s maternal uncle, who died of a suicidal drug overdose, and Kang Siu’s grandfather were both involved in the manufacture of amphetamine in Japan. Brought together by coincidence, the three characters explore their own identities, and determine what it is exactly that led to their encounter.

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

2007년 출간된 김연수의 장편소설이다. 이야기의 화자이자 이야기 수집, 편집, 논평자인 '나'가 수많은 개인들의 이야기를 이어나가는 방식으로 구성되었다. 이이 작품은 자신과 타자에 대한 끊임없는 탐색을 이어가며 우연으로 이루어진 세계의 '허무'에 굴하지 않으려는 시도를 보여준다고 평가된다.

This novel by Kim Yeonsu was published in 2007. It depicts various interconnected stories as related by the narrator. Through the narrator’s search for identity and connection with others, the novel rallies against the perceived meaninglessness of a world made up of coincidences.