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I Have the Right to Destroy Myself (Harvest Original)

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ISBN13: 9780156030809
ISBN10: 0156030802
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In the fast-paced, high-urban landscape of Seoul, C and K are brothers who have fallen in love with the same woman — Se-yeon — who tears at both of them as they all try desperately to find real connection in an atomized world. A spectral, nameless narrator haunts the edges of their lives as he tells of his work helping the lost and hurting find escape through suicide. Dreamlike and beautiful, the South Korea brought forth in this novel is cinematic in its urgency and its reflection of contemporary life everywhere — far beyond the boundaries of the Korean peninsula. Recalling the emotional tension of Milan Kundera and the existential anguish of Bret Easton Ellis, I Have the Right to Destroy Myself achieves its author's greatest wish — to show Korean literature as part of an international tradition. Young-ha Kim is a young master, the leading literary voice of his generation.

Review:

"As bleak, chilling, and economically written as Stephen Cranes 1890s classics....Mesmerizing." Booklist

Review:

"Mr. Kim's writing is tense, elemental, tangy. Like Georges Simenon, his keen engagement with human perversity yields an abundance of thrills as well as chills (and for good measure, a couple of memorable laughs). This is a real find." Han Ong, author of Fixer Chao

Synopsis:

At the library, I flip through magazines first. Of all the articles, the interviews interest me the most. If Im lucky, I find clients in them. Reporters, armed with middlebrow, cheap sensibilities, hide my potential clients characteristics between the lines. They never ask questions like, “Have you ever felt the urge to kill someone? . . .” But I dont encourage murder. I have no interest in one person killing another. I only want to draw out morbid desires, imprisoned deep in the unconscious. This lust, once freed, starts growing. Their imaginations run free, and they soon discover their potential . . . They are waiting for someone like me.

 

A spectral, nameless narrator haunts the lost and wounded of big-city Seoul, suggesting solace in suicide. Wandering through the bright lights of their high-urban existence, C and K are brothers who fall in love with the same woman—Se-yeon. As their lives intersect, they tear at each other in a struggle to find connection in their fast-paced, atomized world.

Dreamlike and cinematic, I Have the Right to Destroy Myself is a brilliant demonstration of why Young-ha Kim is Koreas leading young literary master.

 

 

Young-ha Kim has published three novels and numerous short stories. He teaches drama at the Korean National University of Arts and has received the Dongin Literary Award, the Isan Literary Award, and the Hyeondae Literary Award. He lives in Seoul.

About the Author

Young-Ha Kim has published three novels and numerous short stories and has a daily radio show. He teaches drama at the Korean National University of Arts and has received all of Korea's top literary awards. He lives in Seoul.

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FNORDinc, June 10, 2010 (view all comments by FNORDinc)
i have read books about serial killers, mass murderers, sexual sadists, and freaks. I have never run across a book about someone who assists others commit suicide. Kim Young-Ha’s ‘I have the right to destroy myself’ was a twisted new diversion in my reading. hooray for south korean fiction!

every person has at least one moment in their lifetime when the think to themselves that they would be better off dead. it is not a matter of depression, hopelessness, nor rejection; instead, suicide is the logical option for many who have found themselves at the end of their journey. they are complete.

the main character has no name. he is not a perversion, he provides a service. he helps handpicked individuals come to terms with their desire to die. he sees what is best for them and assists them to be successful. he does not force their hand, connive, or trick. if they are not ready, he asks them to come back later. he never participates in their death, only administrates..

equal parts introspection and story telling, Young-Ha creates a wonderful story.

for those concerned, this is not a gory book. it focuses more on the intricacies of decision making and the differences of perception when it comes to beauty and priorities. there is a fair amount of people “bumping uglies” in the first half as well.

-- FNORDinc.com
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mikeydoc, August 19, 2007 (view all comments by mikeydoc)
INTENSE AND EDGY SO MUCH IMAGERY PACKED INTO A RELATIVELY SMALL BOOK,IT IS LIKE BEING CATAPAULTED, RACING AT A HUDRED MILES AN HOUR,JUST WONDERFUL!!
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C.M. Taylor, August 11, 2007 (view all comments by C.M. Taylor)
With just over one hundred pages in which to lay down his craft, Kim makes every word count. This is an intensely cryptic, yet tender novel.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780156030809
Author:
Kim, Young-Ha
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Translator:
Kim, Chi-Young
Author:
Kim, Young-ha
Author:
Young-ha, Kim
Author:
Kim, Young-ha
Author:
Young-ha, Kim
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Brothers
Subject:
Seoul (Korea)
Subject:
Kim, Yong-ha
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Harvest Original
Publication Date:
20070731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
132
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.33 lb

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Product details 132 pages Harvest Books - English 9780156030809 Reviews:
"Review" by , "As bleak, chilling, and economically written as Stephen Cranes 1890s classics....Mesmerizing."
"Review" by , "Mr. Kim's writing is tense, elemental, tangy. Like Georges Simenon, his keen engagement with human perversity yields an abundance of thrills as well as chills (and for good measure, a couple of memorable laughs). This is a real find."
"Synopsis" by ,
At the library, I flip through magazines first. Of all the articles, the interviews interest me the most. If Im lucky, I find clients in them. Reporters, armed with middlebrow, cheap sensibilities, hide my potential clients characteristics between the lines. They never ask questions like, “Have you ever felt the urge to kill someone? . . .” But I dont encourage murder. I have no interest in one person killing another. I only want to draw out morbid desires, imprisoned deep in the unconscious. This lust, once freed, starts growing. Their imaginations run free, and they soon discover their potential . . . They are waiting for someone like me.

 

A spectral, nameless narrator haunts the lost and wounded of big-city Seoul, suggesting solace in suicide. Wandering through the bright lights of their high-urban existence, C and K are brothers who fall in love with the same woman—Se-yeon. As their lives intersect, they tear at each other in a struggle to find connection in their fast-paced, atomized world.

Dreamlike and cinematic, I Have the Right to Destroy Myself is a brilliant demonstration of why Young-ha Kim is Koreas leading young literary master.

 

 

Young-ha Kim has published three novels and numerous short stories. He teaches drama at the Korean National University of Arts and has received the Dongin Literary Award, the Isan Literary Award, and the Hyeondae Literary Award. He lives in Seoul.

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