Lee Yeong-gyeong

What Do People Do on the Subway?: Dreams of a Subway Peddler by Woo Seung-mi
They say that an average of seven million people use a total of nine subway lines in Seoul a day. What do those seven million people do on the subway? In one excerpt of the novel Dreams of a Subway Peddler by Woo Seung-mi, the narrator observes: “It seemed that the people on the subway trains that go around and around beneath the city have lost their sense of sight and hearing. Most of them have their eyes closed whether or not they are actually sleeping; eyes that are wide open are fixed on PMP screens or books. Eyes that...
Can You Love an Ugly Girl?: Pavane for a Dead Princess by Park Min-gyu
Park Min-gyu is an author renowned for bringing about changes in the literary landscape of Korea in the 2000s through his original imagination and unconventional sentences. His novels are fraught with unusual characters, such as Superman and Wonder Woman, and bizarre incidents, such as a table tennis match between an ostracized middle school kid and an alien, with the fate of the earth at stake. A deeper look into his novels, however, reveals the author’s sympathy and compassion for the weak and the marginalized in today’s society. Pavane for the Deceased Princess is about an unlikely romance by Park, for...
Over There Across the River: The Republic of Uzupis by Haïlji
This is the tenth novel of Haïlji, a novelist who has expressed the devilish nature of man and the absurdity of the world through his unique form of narrative experimentation since coming on the literary scene in 1990 with The Road to the Race Track . Through a tale of a man who wanders in search of an imaginary country, Haïlji deals with issues of truth and fiction, time and space, and memory in a narrative in which reality and fantasy and the past and present are mixed up. A middle-aged Asian man named Hal is looking for Lithuania in...