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Author Kim, Hye-sun, 1955-, author

Title Autobiography of death / Kim Hyesoon ; drawings by Fi Jae Lee ; translated from the Korean by Don Mee Choi
Published New York : New Directions, 2018


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 MELB  893.701 K4923 A21/A  AVAILABLE
Description 110 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents Machine generated contents note: Day One Commute -- Day Two Calendar -- Day Three Photograph -- Day Four Lean on the Water -- Day Five Midnight Sun -- Day Six After You're Gone -- Day Seven Tibet -- Day Eight Orphan -- Day Nine Everyday Everyday Everyday -- Day Ten Namesake -- Day Eleven Butterfly -- Day Twelve Lunar Eclipse -- Day Thirteen Gravel Skirt -- Day Fourteen Nest -- Day Fifteen Death's Magic-Compressed Distance -- Day Sixteen Naked Body -- Day Seventeen A Grave -- Day Eighteen Black Fishnet Gloves -- Day Nineteen Winter's Smile -- Day Twenty I Want to Go to the Island -- Day Twenty-One Smell -- Day Twenty-Two Seoul, Book of the Dead -- Day Twenty-Three Lack of Air -- Day Twenty-Four Autopsy -- Day Twenty-Five Every Day -- Day Twenty-Six Mommy of Death -- Day Twenty-Seven aeiou -- Day Twenty-Eight Already -- Day Twenty-Nine Dinner Menu -- Day Thirty A Gift -- Day Thirty-One Hiccups -- Day Thirty-Two A Lie -- Day Thirty-Three By the River of Formalin --
Contents note continued: Day Thirty-Four Death Swarmswarms -- Day Thirty-Five Lowering the Coffin -- Day Thirty-Six Lord No -- Day Thirty-Seven A Lullaby -- Day Thirty-Eight A Crow Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest -- Day Thirty-Nine Icicle Glasses -- Day Forty Such Painful Hallucination -- Day Forty-One Marine Blue Feathers -- Day Forty-Two Name -- Day Forty-Three A Face -- Day Forty-Four A Doll -- Day Forty-Five Underworld -- Day Forty-Six Asphyxiation -- Day Forty-Seven Heart's Exile -- Day Forty-Eight Moon Mask -- Day Forty-Nine Don't -- Face of Rhythm -- An Interview
Summary "Consists of forty-nine poems, each poem representing a single day during which the spirit roams after death before it enters the cycle of reincarnation. The poems not only give voice to those who met unjust deaths during Korea's violent contemporary history, but also unveil what Kim calls “the structure of death, that we remain living in.” Autobiography of Death, Kim's most compelling work to date, at once reenacts trauma and narrates death ; how we die and how we survive within this cyclical structure. In this sea of mirrors, the plural “you” speaks as a body of multitudes that has been beaten, bombed, and buried many times over by history. The volume concludes on the other side of the mirror with “Face of Rhythm,” a poem about individual pain, illness, and meditation"--Provided by publisher
Notes Translated from the Korean
In English ;translated from the Korean
Subject Kim, Hye-sun, 1955- -- Translations into English
Genre/Form Poetry
Author Choi, Don Mee, translator
Yi, P'i, illustrator
LC no. 2018021515
ISBN 9780811227346 (alk. paper) :
Other Titles Poems. Selections. English