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A deeply personal account of life as a poet’s wife is now available in English. Mok Sun-ok, poet Chon Sang-pyong’s wife of over 20 years, writes about her years with the poet.
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Herself a survivor of the Hiroshima atom bomb, Mok Sun-ok wrote and published the story of their life together soon after he died. Mok Sun-ok has previously described Chon Sang-pyung as "having the innocence of a 7-year old." In the book, she tells the story of living with her childlike husband, who writes like an angel but has no other abilities. It is Mok Sun-ok who has to take care of him like a baby, while keeping up the teahouse. People who know the couple say that without her patience and selflessness, his writings would not have been possible. Through its frank and honest narrative, the book offers interesting insights into one of Korean literature's most famous couples. English translation was undertaken by Brother Anthony, professor of English literature at Sogang University. About the book, he says, "It is a remarkable story, a beautiful one; very "Korean" in the way it is told, and one that many people across the world ought to read. It is intensely human, funny and sad at the same time." This is the 20th volume he has published of translations from Korean. Beginning in 1990, most of his work has been on poetry, including a volume of poems by Chon Sang-pyong published in the United States at Cornell University in 1995, then reprinted in a bilingual edition by DapGae (Seoul) that has gone into 17 reprints so far. Other translations he has published include several volumes of works by Ko Un, and by Ku Sang, by So Chong-ju, Shin Kyong-Nim, Kim Kwang-kyu etc. In the coming weeks he will be publishing 4 more volumes: translations of poems by Kim Kwang-kyu, by Ko Un, and by Mah Chonggi, and a book about Korean green tea written by himself in English.Review:
"wonderful translation . . . It's the best book of prose I've read from Korea. nothing like it, nothing close." --Professor David McCann, Harvard University
"absolutely engrossing, absorbing and engaging" --C. Yun
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Book Description Seoul Selection August 2006, Korea, 2006. First Printing. 8vo. VG/ - no DJ. pale beige wraps spine with black title and gray and red publisher at opposite ends. beige/black pictorial softcover front. like new quality, in excellent unmarked condition inside and out. with rear b/w photo gallery section. with prior owner's inscription on right fep. 242 pp. ISBN# 8991913075. Rockville. Seller Inventory # 7-106-1273587
Book Description Seoul Selection USA, Inc. Paperback. Condition: VERY GOOD. Light rubbing wear to cover, spine and page edges. Very minimal writing or notations in margins not affecting the text. Possible clean ex-library copy, with their stickers and or stamp(s). Seller Inventory # 2895334516