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  • The Prisoner
    English(English) Ebook

    Hwang Sok yong / 황석영 / 2021 / literature > Korean Literature > Korean Fiction > 21st century

    In 1993, writer and democracy activist Hwang Sok-yong was sentenced to five years in the Seoul Detention Center upon his return to South Korea from North Korea, the country he had fled with his family as a child at the start of the Korean War. Already a dissident writer well-known for his part in the democracy movement of the 1980s, Hwang's imprisonment forced him to consider the many prisons to which he was subject—of thought, of writing, of Cold War nations, of the heart. In this capacious memoir, Hwang's life is set against the volatile political backdrop of modern Korea, a country subject to colonialism, Cold War division, a devastating war, decades of authoritarian dictatorships, a mass democratic uprising, and a still-lingering, painful division between North and South. The Prisoner moves between Hwang's imprisonment and scenes from his life—as a boy in Pyongyang and Seoul, as a young activist protesting South Korea's military dictatorships, as a soldier in the Vietnam War, as a dissident writer first traveling abroad—and in so doing, braids his extraordinary life into the dramatic revolutions and transformations of Korean society during the twentieth century.

  • Vertraute Welt
    German(Deutsch) Ebook

    Hwang Sok-yong / 황석영 / 2021 / literature > Korean Literature > Korean Fiction > 21st century

    Am Rand der südkoreanischen Metropole Seoul liegt die "Blumeninsel", eine gigantische Müllhalde, Lebensgrundlage und Wohnstätte einer Kolonie von Ausgestoßenen. Hier landet der Held des Romans, der 14-jährige "Glupschaug", zusammen mit seiner Mutter, für die sich ein in der Hackordnung weit oben stehender Müllhaldenbewohner interessiert. Dieser "Baron" ist für den Helden eine verhasste Stiefvaterfigur. Mit "Glatzfleck", dem Sohn des Barons, freundet sich "Glupschaug" jedoch an und lernt von ihm alles, was man zum Überleben wissen muss. "Vertraute Welt" ist eine Kritik an der modernen Wegwerfgesellschaft. Der Roman zeigt, was hinter dem raschen wirtschaftlichen Aufstieg eines Landes steckt, das Menschen ebenso aussondert wie Müll. Unverhofftes Opfer des zweifelhaften Fortschritts ist auch eine Bande altkoreanischer Kobolde, mit denen sich "Glupschaug" und "Glatzfleck" anfreunden. Für die beiden Jugendlichen wendet sich damit das Blatt, zumindest vorerst ... Source : https://lti.overdrive.com/media/6391557?cid=37224

  • At Dusk
    English(English) Ebook

    Hwang Sok-yong / 황석영 / 2018 / literature > Korean Literature > Korean Fiction > 21st century

    In the evening of his life, a wealthy man begins to wonder if he might have missed the point.   Park Minwoo is a success story. Born into poverty in a miserable neighbourhood of Seoul, he has ridden the wave of development in his country. Now the director of a large architectural firm, his hard work and ambition have brought him triumph and satisfaction. But that all begins to change when he receives a message from a childhood friend he once loved. As memories return unbidden, he recalls a world he thought he had left behind—a world he now realises that he has helped to destroy

  • Znajomy świat
    Polish(Polski) Ebook

    Hwang Sok-yong / 황석영 / 2017 / literature > Korean Literature > Korean Fiction > 21st century

    „To bez wątpienia najsilniejszy głos współczesnej Azji". Kenzaburō Ōe, laureat Literackiej Nagrody Nobla„Potężna refleksja nad kapitalizmem w wykonaniu jednego z najznakomitszych koreańskich pisarzy. Hwang wzywa nas do spojrzenia w przeszłość i namysłu nad tym, jakim kosztem dokonała się ewolucja społeczeństwa". The GuardianGdy ojciec czternastoletniego Wytrzeszcza zostaje wywieziony do „obozu reedukacji", chłopak wraz z matką dołączają do tysięcy miejskich wyrzutków żyjących na Wyspie Kwiatów – ogromnym wysypisku śmieci na obrzeżach Seulu. „Społeczne odpady", jak nazywa się mieszkańców tego miejsca, utrzymują się z tego, co uda im się znaleźć wśród resztek produkowanych przez konsumpcyjne społeczeństwo wielkiego miasta. Kiedy pewnej nocy między górami śmieci Wytrzeszcz zauważa tajemnicze światełka, wszystko wskazuje na to, że jego los się odmieni – ale czy na zawsze? Ta tętniąca życiem, urzekająca opowieść to nie tylko obraz społeczeństwa u progu zawrotnych zmian ekonomicznychi społecznych, lecz także niezwykle aktualne przypomnienie, że powinniśmy zastanowić się dwa razy, zanim coś wyrzucimy.

  • Familiar Things
    English(English) Ebook

    Hwang Sok-yong / 황석영 / 2017 / literature > Korean Literature > Korean Fiction > 21st century

    Seoul. On the outskirts of South Korea's glittering metropolis is a place few people know about: a vast landfill site called Flower Island. Home to those driven from the city by poverty, is it here that 14-year-old Bugeye and his mother arrive, following his father's internment in a government 're-education camp'. Living in a shack and supporting himself by weeding recyclables out of the refuse, at first Bugeye's life on Flower Island is hard. But then one night he notices mysterious lights around the landfill. And when the ancient spirits that still inhabit the island's landscape reveal themselves to him, Bugeye's luck begins to change—but can it last? Vibrant and enchanting, Familiar Things depicts a society on the edge of dizzying economic and social change, and is a haunting reminder to us all to be careful of what we throw away.

  • Prințesa Bari
    Romanian(Română) Ebook

    Hwang Sok-yong / 황석영 / 2016 / literature > Korean Literature > Korean Fiction > 21st century

    Legenda coreeană a prințesei Bari istorisește cum cea de-a șaptea fiică a unui rege este abandonată de părinți, dornici să aibă și un fiu. Când însă regele și regina se îmbolnăvesc, ghicitorii le spun ca există o singură cale de salvare: fiica lor părăsită trebuie să caute apa vieții la marginea lumii și să le-o aducă. Pornind de la această legendă, Hwang Sok-yong țese în romanul său o poveste despre viața grea din Coreea de Nord a anilor '90. Eroina – cea de-a șaptea fată – primește de la bunica ei, o femeie-șaman, numele Bari. Bunica o pregătește pe micuța Bari pentru calea lungă pe care o va străbate, învățând-o cu ajutorul poveștilor că nimic nu e inutil, că răbdarea reprezintă cheia supraviețuirii.

  • Die Lotosblüte
    German(Deutsch) Ebook

    Hwang Sok-yong / 황석영 / 2016 / literature > Korean Literature > Korean Fiction > 21st century

    Denkt man an ein märchenhaftes Schicksal, so kommt man nicht sofort auf Kurtisanen und Frauenhandel, doch es ist tatsächlich ein alter koreanischer Mythos, der diesem Meisterwerk zugrunde liegt. Darin entführt Hwang Sok-Yong den Leser in das Asien des 19. Jahrhunderts, in eine Welt des Opiumhandels und der Prostitution: Von der Stiefmutter verkauft, findet sich die 15 Jahre alte Shim Chong plötzlich als Zweitfrau eines alten Chinesen wieder. Lenhwa, Lotosblüte, heißt sie jetzt, und alles ist so furchtbar anders, als sie es gewohnt ist. Viel zu essen hatte sie nie, und Betteln war ihr täglich Brot, denn sie diente ihrem blinden Vater als Augenpaar, doch der Alltag in dem fremden Haushalt kommt ihr erst recht vor wie ein böser Traum. Als ihr Ehemann stirbt, wird ihr schmerzlich bewusst, dass dies für sie nur die erste Station einer Odyssee ist, die sie, als Handelsware missbraucht, von den Ufern des Gelben Flusses über Shanghai, Taiwan und Singapur bis in das Land der Geishas führen soll. Nach unzähligen sinnlichen wie schmerzvollen Erfahrungen entdeckt Shim Chong eines Tages die Macht ihres Körpers und nimmt ihr Leben in die eigenen Hände. Selten ist es einem asiatischen Autor gelungen, das historische Ostasien in all seinen bunten Facetten einzufangen. Hier taucht man ein in diese fremde Welt und nimmt Anteil am Schicksal Lenhwas: ein Roman mit enormer Tiefe, ungemein fesselnd und mit schwindelerregender Leichtigkeit erzählt.

  • The Shadow of Arms
    English(English) Ebook

    Hwang Suk-Young / 황석영 / 2015 / literature > Korean Literature > Korean Fiction > 20th century > 1945-1999

    A novel of the black markets of the South Vietnamese city of Da Nang during the Vietnam War, based on the author's experiences as a self-described South Korean mercenary on the side of the South Vietnamese, this is a Vietnam War novel like no other, truly one that sees the war from all sides.   Source: http://lti.lib.overdrive.com/F4C89D26-7C34-49FC-B84E-9F2508F764BA/10/50/en/ContentDetails.htm?id=F40CF116-6B1E-4903-9C11-7FBC9794A0E5

  • The Old Garden
    English(English) Ebook

    HWANG SOK-YOUNG / 황석영 / 2013 / literature > Korean Literature > Korean Fiction > 21st century

    Political prisoner Hyun Woo is freed after eighteen years to find no trace of the world he knew. The friends with whom he shared utopianist dreams are gone. His Seoul is unrecognizably transformed and aggressively modernized. Yoon Hee, the woman he loved, died three years ago. A broken man, he drifts toward a small house in Kalmoe, where he and Yoon Hee once stole a few fleeting months of happiness while fleeing the authorities. In the company of her diaries, he relives and reviews his life, trying to find meaning in the revolutionary struggle that consumed their youth--a youth of great energy and optimism, victim to implacable history. Hyun Woo weighs the worth of his own life, spent in prison, and that of the strong-willed artist Yoon Hee, whose involvement in rebel groups took her to Berlin and the fall of the wall. With great poignancy, Hwang Sok-yong grapples with the immortal questions--the endurance of love, the price of a commitment to causes--while depicting a generation that sacrificed youth, liberty, and often life, for the dream of a better tomorrow.

  • El huésped [Kindle Edition]
    Spanish(Español) Ebook

    Hwang Sok-yong / 황석영 / 2012 / literature > Korean Literature > Korean Fiction > 21st century

    Fue publicado en Corea en el 2001, siendo un bestseller en su país de origen. En El huésped—como llaman a la viruela en la tradición coreana—, el autor compara dos ideologías occidentales: catolicismo y marxismo, con una plaga mortal, causa de muchos conflictos. Por primera vez en muchos años, el misionero Liu Yosop, que vive en Brooklyn, Nueva york, está a punto de regresar a su patria, Corea del Norte. Días antes de su partida su hermano Liu Yohan muere en su departamento de Nueva Jersey, y empieza a sufrir alucinaciones y pesadillas. Cuando sube al avión hacia Pyong-yang con un pedazo de hueso rescatado de los restos de su hermano incinerado, el fantasma de éste aparece, entra en su cuerpo y los dos se dirigen a su pueblo natal. Allá Yosop recuerda los 45 días terribles de 1950 en que los civiles de Sincheon fueron violentamente masacrados por el ala derecha cristiana, de la que su propio hermano formaba parte. Es una jornada hacia la redención espiritual y liberación de los sufrimientos del mundo.  Source: http://www.literaturacoreana.com/profile/ElHuesped   Purchase Kindle Edition >> http://www.amazon.es/El-Huésped-Sok--Yong-Hwang-ebook/dp/B00AZ1PY46/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1423813760&sr=1-2&keywords=El huésped