Lesefutter In-ho Choe Deep Blue Night

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Deep Blue Night

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Better known as a novelist, Choe In-ho has also written strikingly original shorter fictions, of which the stories reprinted here are good examples. "Deep Blue Night" is an autobiographical story that is both contemporary in being structured about a highway journey and yet traditional in its themes of exile, wandering, and retrospection. Of interest to an English-speaking audience are the California setting and the protagonist's observations on American and Korean-American life. "The Popular Tree" is one of a trio of stories, Strange Folk, that are reminiscent of Choe's signature stories The Boozer and Another Man's Room, which likewise blur the boundaries between fantasy and reality. It may be read as a coming-of-age story, a fable of hero worship and shattered illusions, or an example of magical realism, with its blend of vivid detail and playful metaphysical speculation.

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Choe, In-ho (b. 1945) is one of the prodigies of modern Korean fiction, a literate, widely read man who has been a professional writer all his working life. He published his first story at the age of eighteen, graduated from Yonsei University with a degree in English literature, and since the 1970s has devoted much of his creative energy to the novel. With his contemporary Kim, Seung-ok he deserves credit for charging Korean fiction of the late 1960s and beyond with a fluid, visual style (he is also a screenwriter), a rich imagination, and a keen wit. "Deep Blue Night" was first published in 1982 in the journal Munye Jung-ang and was honored with that year's Yi Sang Literature Award. "The Poplar Tree" first appeared in 1981 in the journal Munhak Sasang.

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