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Friend
  1. 작가

    Nam-Nyong Paek

  2. 긴제목

    Friend : A Novel from North Korea

  3. 번역서

  4. 출간일

    May, 2020

  5. 가격

    23,900원

  6. 판형

    Paperback

  7. ISBN

    9780231195614

  8. 출판사

    Columbia University Press|https://dbbooks.co.kr/shopSearch/search.html?query=Columbia University Press

  9. 정가

    $20

  10. 원산지

    United States

  11. 장르

    Essay | Literary

  12. 크기/정보

    140 x 216 x 17.78mm | 294.84g | 240 pages

  13. 배송비

    2,500원 (10,000원 이상 구매 시 무료)

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< Table of contents >

Friend Afterword

< Review quote >

Named a Best Book of World Literature of 2020 * Library Journal * In its candid examination of domestic conflict and female ambition, Friend unsettles expectations of North Korean life . . . [it] offers a beguiling introduction to the everyday, with none of the rockets and military parades that the words
North Korea" often bring to mind. * New York Times Book Review * This tender, witty novel is indeed a page-turner. Neither a searing indictment of the regime nor a propaganda screed, Friend illuminates the personal rather than the political, the daily trials of workplace conflicts and marital woes. In doing so, it sharpens our ability to see the fragility and messy humanity in lives too often obscured by state agendas. * The Guardian * With still so little known about the North Korean people beyond mostly tortuous escapee narratives, Kim enables a rare, welcome glimpse into 'a messy world of human emotions and relationships that is at once entirely alien and eerily familiar.' * Booklist, Starred Review * Friend is both a good read and a rare inside look into North Korean culture. * Book Riot * A layered story of family obligations stretched to breaking point . . . Reading Friend is like sifting through a black box for clues into a sealed culture. * Times Literary Supplement * Paek weaves themes of greed, corruption, and self-sacrifice into a subtle, restrained narrative . . . A rare glimpse into an insular world. * Kirkus Reviews * Friend offers an astute psychological exploration of marriage, the work that goes into such a partnership, and the many ways it could fail us. * Minneapolis Star Tribune * Reading Friend is like meeting a new person when you're blindfolded. You touch their face, tracing their features with your fingertips. You can't quite picture them, but you feel the warmth and texture of their skin. * New York Review of Books * Paek's focus on individuals and family, and his willingness to acknowledge failings, make for a novel that manages to be engaging, and even quite moving, even beyond its context. * Complete Review * Friend offers a fascinating glimpse into the realities of North Korean life. It reminds us that the people of that country may face hardships, but they also experience the same domestic challenges that afflict humans everywhere. * New York Journal of Books * A North Korean version of Marriage Story. . .This novel is so fascinating. * Paperback Paris * The language in Friend is spare and unadorned and refreshingly clear. * CounterPunch * [This book] is fascinating for the demands it makes on readers. Friend is not a breezy work, though it's extremely easy to read, and Kim's translation is lucid and graceful. But not even the clarity of its narrative can make the workings of Paek Nam-nyong's story seem close to the kind of novelistic story we are used to hearing and telling in English. . . Paek's novel [is] the most
foreign" one to enter English in many years. * Mumbai Mirror * The American publication of Friend is a monumental achievement and the novel, quite literally, is beyond compare. * Asia Media International * Friend, in this able and very readable translation by Immanuel Kim, is a salutary antidote to the many tomes that purport to explain the DPRK. The North Korea of the novel is-like everywhere else-filled with real people . . . In North Korea, again like everywhere else, life can be a half-empty, half-full proposition. Of course, in our better moments, we know this, but it helps to be reminded. * Asian Review of Books * Friend depicts daily life in North Korean society. The psychology of human relationships evoked in this fascinating novel shows that North Koreans, far from being brainwashed robots, are as fragile as people everywhere-that they too simply want to be happy together, and suffer intensely when things go wrong. -- Brother Anthony, Sogang University The publication of Immanuel Kim's painstaking translation of Paek Nam-nyong's Friend is a significant event. It promises to shift the focus away from those texts that simply confirm our preconceived notions about the DPRK toward a subtler and more informed consideration of literary practices there. -- Travis Workman, University of Minnesota This publication is welcome both in its own right and for the brief but informative afterword by the translator that gives an overview of North Korean literature. * London Korean Links * A well-drawn study of a society that is shut-off from the Western world but whose emotional troubles are universal. * 24stories * An expert at storytelling and craft, Paek shows the family as a small unit that helps preserve the moral fabric of society. . .Readers may be surprised to see how much the characters and their preoccupations resemble novels from other countries, and throughout the book, the equality between genders is striking. * The Japan Times * This is a rare find; a full, contemporary North Korean novel. . . The story itself is clever, with current topics, and modern, colloquial-sounding dialogue. * Korean Quarterly * [This] story transcends politics, social strictures and unwritten codes with its universal appeal. It can be done, a tale from out of North Korea whose joys and sufferings are readily recognisable. It is to the enormous credit of the author that he can duck and dive what one assumes was censorship of however limited a kind and yet not spoil his tale. * RTE * [In] its portrait of everyday existence, we catch glimpses of life outside of surveillance-squabbles, gossip, divorce. These characters might be under suspicion, and might live in fear, but Friend captures something more-most notably, people who are subject to the boredoms, pleasures, and frustrations of life. * Bookforum * In reading Friend, one identifies with its characters and such empathy inoculates readers from 'us versus them' refrains. * S/N Korean Humanities * Paek Nam-nyong reminds us that the local and interpersonal elements of our lives are just as real as the ideological and political, and certainly tell more about what it means to be human. * Full Stop * Friend is an important novel for all of us outside of North Korea. It not only provides an insider glimpse into a country we have limited access to, but it also reminds us that everyone is human and that these people are deserving of our compassion. * Humankind Zine *

< About Nam-nyong Paek >

Paek Nam-nyong is one of the most renowned writers in North Korea today. He was born in 1949 in Hamhung and worked in a steel factory for many years before enrolling at Kim Il Sung University. He worked in the Writer's Union and later joined the elite group of writers called April 15th Literary Production Unit. Immanuel Kim is Korea Foundation and Kim-Renaud Associate Professor of Korean Literature and Culture Studies at George Washington University. He is the author of Rewriting Revolution: Women, Sexuality, and Memory in North Korean Fiction (2018).

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