Shin Kyung-Sook

Shin Kyung-Sook: Violets

Shin Kyung-Sook: Violets
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  • Item/ISBN: 9781474623544
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
  • Year: 2022
  • Cover: Softcover
  • Pages: 224
  • Language: English
  • Class: Book

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South Korea, 1970. San is a lonely child, ostracised from her community. She soon finds a... more
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South Korea, 1970.

San is a lonely child, ostracised from her community. She soon finds a friend in a girl called Namae, until one afternoon changes everything. Following a moment of intimacy in a minari field, Namae violently rejects San, setting her on a troubling path.

We next meet San, aged twenty-two, when she happens upon a job at a flower shop in Seoul's bustling city centre. Over the course of one hazy, volatile summer, San is introduced to a curious cast of characters - the mute shop owner, a brash co-worker, kind farmers and aggressive customers - and fuelled by a quiet desperation to jump-start her life, she plunges headfirst into obsession with a passing magazine photographer. Throughout it all, San's moment with Namae continues to linger in the back of her mind.

A story of thwarted desire, misogyny and erasure,
Violets reveals the high stakes involved in one woman's desperate search for both autonomy and attachment in an unforgiving society.

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