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Author Yang, Kwi-ja, 1955-

Title A distant and beautiful place / Yang Kwija ; translated by Kim So-young and Julie Pickering
Published Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, ©2003


Description 1 online resource (vii, 242 pages)
Series Book collections on Project MUSE
Contents A distant and beautiful place -- The spark -- The last land -- The Wonmi-dong poet -- A vagabond mouse -- On rainy days I have to go to Karibong-dong -- Bellfinch -- The tearoom woman -- Our daily bread -- The underground man -- Cold water pass
Summary Somewhere on the periphery of Seoul, between the modern metropolis and the traditional farming communities, lies a "distant and beautiful place," the neighborhood of Wonmi-dong. Here, a young couple from the city struggles to make a home for themselves; a hapless "salary man" is forced into door-to-door sales after losing his job; a precocious seven-year-old questions the meaning of friendship and community. Everyone seems to be chasing the intangible dream of a better life. Set against the backdrop of South Korea's breakneck drive for industrialization and economic development in the 1980s, these compassionate and often humorous stories capture the essence of modern South Korean life-including the ubiquitous atmosphere of violence and fear that clouded the country prior to democratization in 1987. They also depict the Korean people's unfailing optimism and love of life. A Distant and Beautiful Place first appeared as a series of linked stories in literary journals between 1985 and 1987. It was published as the collection Wonmi-dong saramdul in 1987 and quickly became a best seller. Yang Kwija, one of South Korea's most respected and popular authors, has since published dozens of novels and shorter pieces
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
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Subject Yang, Kwi-ja, 1955- -- Translations into English
Yang, Kwi-ja, 1955-
Short stories, Korean -- Translations into English
FICTION -- General.
Short stories, Korean
Genre/Form Translations
Form Electronic book
Author Kim, So-yŏng, 1961-
Pickering, Julie.
LC no. 2002007125
ISBN 9780824861230
Other Titles Wŏnmi-dong saramdŭl. English