Kong's Garden (Yeoyu): 5

Hwang Jungeun, Jeon Seung-Hee (Translator), Nathan Hamilton (Editor)

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Imagine Cormac McCarthy writing about the boring lives of clerks and you’ll anticipate something of the dystopic flavour of this gripping but socially bleak short story from Hwang. In a Korean world in which education has historically meant everything, the narrator realizes both that this is not true (through her partner in an essentially loveless affair) and that the recognition of this fact does not surprise her at all. The narrator is drawn into a larger story when she refuses to sell cigarettes to Jinju, a young woman in the company of two men who subsequently goes missing.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherStrangers Press
ISBN (Print)978-1-911343-62-2
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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