The Guest (in English)
Based on actual events, The Guest is a profound portrait of a divided people haunted by a painful past, and a generation's search for reconciliation.
During the Korean War, Hwanghae Province in North Korea was the setting of a gruesome fifty-two day massacre. In an act of collective amnesia the atrocities were attributed to American military, but in truth they resulted from malicious battling between Christian and Communist Koreans. Forty years later, Ryu Yosop, a minister living in America returns to his home village, where his older brother once played a notorious role in the bloodshed. Besieged by vivid memories and visited by the troubled spirits of the deceased, Yosop must face the survivors of the tragedy and lay his brother's soul to rest.
Faulkner-like in its intense interweaving narratives, The Guest is a daring and ambitious novel from a major figure in world literature.
Author's Note 7
1. The Exorcism
What Remains after Death 11
Today Is Tomorrow for Those Who Died Yesterday 35
3. Keeper of the Netherworld
Switching Roles with the Dead 59
4. From One Generation to Another
The Survivors 79
5. Clarification before Reconciliation
A Pure Spirit 105
6. God, Too, Has Sinned
Parting the Cloth 135
7. The Birth of a New Life
Who Lives in This World? 147
9. The Fork in the Road
10. Burning the Clothes
12. Matrix of Spirits
What Will Become 231
12. Farewell Guests
Eat Your Fill and Begone! 233
About the Author 237
Hwang Sok-yong wrote and published the short stories “The Land of Strangers,” “Han’s Chronicle,” and “The Road to Sampo,” and the novels The Shadow of Arms and Jang Gilsan, masterpieces that marked an era in the history of Korean literature. His great novels published in the 2000s that period include: An Old Garden; The Guest; Shimcheong, the Road of Lotus;Baridaegi; The Evening Star; The Gangnam Dream; The Familiar World; and The Sound of the Shallow Water. He is the recipient of the Manhae Literature Prize, Danjae Literature Prize, and Daesan Literature Prize. Almost all of his works have been translated and published in 13 countries across Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
Paperback | 234pages | 222mm x 159mm | 340g | ISBN : 9781583227510
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