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Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982: A Novel

By Cho Nam-joo & Jamie Chang
Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982: A Novel by Cho Nam-joo & Jamie Chang digital book - Fable

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Cho’s clinical prose is bolstered with figures and footnotes to illustrate how ordinary Jiyoung’s experience is.... When Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982, was published in Korea in 2016, it was received as a cultural call to arms.... Like Bong Joon Ho’s Academy Award-winning film Parasite, which unleashed a debate about class disparities in South Korea, Cho’s novel was treated as a social treatise as much as a work of art.... The new, often subversive novels by Korean women, which have intersected with the rise of the #MeToo movement, are driving discussions beyond the literary world.

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Red Angry Face“I appreciate the issues this book addresses: sex-based discrimination, sexual harassment, parental leave, costs of childcare, the pressures of societal expectations. Overall, the book didn’t really work for me because of its style. It’s fiction that reads like nonfiction, and while I think the idea is cool, the actual execution wasn’t great. The last few pages explain why this style is used, and I think I would have enjoyed it more if this was introduced at the beginning of the book rather than as a surprise at the end.”
Original writingFast-pacedHeartbreakingThought-provokingMisogyny

About Cho Nam-joo

Cho Nam-joo was a television scriptwriter for nine years. She is the author of Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982, longlisted for the National Book Award for Translation, and most recently, Saha.

Jamie Chang

Jamie Chang is an award-winning translator who teaches at the Literature Translation Institute of Korea.

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