Original Works

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Printed/Published Work Korean(한국어)

거울 속 여행

About the Original Works

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Original Title
거울 속 여행
Title Romanization
Geoul song yeohaeng
Title Sub
김주영 장편소설
English Title(Printed)
A Trip Through the Mirror
Classification

literature > Korean Literature > Korean Fiction > 20th century

Author
Kim Juyeong
Co-Author
-
Published Year
2001
Publisher
문이당
ISBN
8974561611
Main Characters
The narrator, his brother, Jang Seokdo (aka Samson), Seolyeong, Choi Yeongsun, Nam Sunae, Okhwa
Subject/Theme
Post-war landscape of a rural village; poverty; ideological conflict; coming-of-age

About the Author

  • Kim Juyeong
  • Birth : 1939 ~ -
  • Occupation : Writer
  • First Name : Juyeong
  • Family Name : Kim
  • Korean Name : 김주영
  • ISNI : -
  • Works : 22
Plot

The narrator, Hyeongseok, and his brother, Hyeongho, are two young boys who spend a great deal of time waiting for their mother to return home from work at a nearby mill. The village’s residents include a farm worker nicknamed “Samson,” and a barber whose shop is lined with fascinating mirrors. The boys find everything mysterious. One day, a female teacher at school hands Hyeongseok a note and asks him to give it to the barber. The note goes missing on Hyeongseok’s way home, however, and the barber is arrested the next day for allegedly being a Communist. Inside the barbershop hangs a watercolor painting that Hyeongseok wants for himself, so he picks the lock and steals the painting. When it is discovered that the shop has been broken into, Samson is taken to the police station as a suspect. The boys’ mother also spends the day there. After this incident, Samson leaves the village.

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

2001년 출간된 김주영의 장편소설이다. 작가인 김주영의 어린 시절을 회상하는 자전적 내용을 담고 있다. 어린 아이의 시점으로 세상의 풍경을 진솔하게 그리고 있으며, 서민들의 가난한 생활, 어머니의 한(恨), 시대의 폭력, 이념의 갈등, 그로 인한 이별과 성장을 보여준다.

This novel by Kim Juyeong was published in 2001. Partially autobiographical, the work is based on the author’s childhood and honestly depicts the world from a child’s perspective. It portrays the lives of ordinary people, a mother’s wrath, and the violence and ideological conflict that pervaded the times.

E-Books & Audiobooks1

  • English(English) E-Books
    A Trip Through the Mirror
    Kim Joo-young / Kim Joo-young / 2016 / literature > Korean Literature > Korean Fiction > 20th century