Yun Heung-Gil The House of Twilight

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The House of Twilight

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London 1989 Readers International. Translated from the Korean. Sm8vo., 233pp. Short stories by a Korean writer. Fine in Fine DJ.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Korean

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The seven works of short fiction that form this potent English-language debut by a South Korean introduce a people dislocated physically, politically and psychologically by civil war. The child narrator of "The Rainy Spell" understands little of Communism or revolution, but receives a painful education in loyalty, betrayal, love and grief as political differences within his family culminate in the death of a relative. Fears of treachery and turbulence linger after war has ended, as the landlord in title is correct/pk "The Man Who Was Left as Nine Pairs of Shoes" is asked by a policeman to monitor a tenant and report his activities "when he does something a little out of the ordinary." Even the self becomes a stranger, an object of suspicion: in "Gang Beating" characters file past a mirror in which "you would unexpectedly find your other self . . . who would look larger or even fatter than you or grotesquely uglier." Occasional leadenness afflicts the style ("Rain enveloped the pitch darkness like a dripping-wet mop"); on the whole, however, the language is wrenching in its plainness.
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