The Resource The old garden, Hwang Sok-yong ; translated by Jay Oh

The old garden, Hwang Sok-yong ; translated by Jay Oh

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The old garden
Title
The old garden
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Hwang Sok-yong ; translated by Jay Oh
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Language
  • eng
  • kor
  • eng
Summary
  • Following an 18-year sentence, Oh Hyun Woo discovers that his former lover, Han Yoon Hee, has died. Hyun Woo returns to Kalmae, where they lived together, and discovers Yoon Hee's journals and letters to him. From there, the narrative combines Hyun Woo's memories and Yoon Hee's, often flowing seamlessly between the two. Yoon Hee's letters to Hyun Woo are layered in rich details and life-changing revelations, suggesting she knows all along that these letters will one day be all that's left of their relationship. Sok-Yong's attention to detail is especially powerful in Hyun Woo's descriptions of prison life and returning to the outside world, like waking up from a nap at the end of a summer day when the sun is setting
  • 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
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DLC
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1943-
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Hwang, Sŏg-yŏng
Index
no index present
LC call number
PL992.29.S6
LC item number
O7313 2009
Literary form
novels
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Oh, Jay
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  • Political prisoners
  • Man-woman relationships
  • Kwangju Uprising, Kwangju-si, Korea, 1980
  • Diaries
  • Korea (South)
Label
The old garden, Hwang Sok-yong ; translated by Jay Oh
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [1])
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
538 p.
Isbn
9781583228999
Lccn
2009018095
System control number
  • 3506439-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)3506439
  • (OCoLC)320352304
  • (Sirsi) o320352304
Label
The old garden, Hwang Sok-yong ; translated by Jay Oh
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [1])
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
538 p.
Isbn
9781583228999
Lccn
2009018095
System control number
  • 3506439-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)3506439
  • (OCoLC)320352304
  • (Sirsi) o320352304

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