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Publisher Comments:

"The Guide" is a former South Korean dissident and tour guide who speaks a fluid fabricated language; "the Historian" interviews the Guide and annotates the commentaries. Cathy Park Hong's passionate and artful poem sequence weaves an ultimately revitalizing dialogue on shared experience in a globalized world, using language as subversion and disguise.

Review:

"This deeply political Barnard Women Poets Prize — winning second book is part poetic sequence, part science fiction: in a future city called the Desert — a Vegas-like manmade tourist trap — a character called the Guide shows another, the Historian, the sights. The Guide has survived the historical Kwangju uprising, a 1980 massacre of students and other prodemocracy protesters by the American-backed South Korean dictatorship. The Guide's speeches — all in verse — turn repeatedly to her own life story, detailed in a superbly invented dialect, based on English but incorporating Spanish and Jamaican patois: 'I'mma double migrant,' the Guide says. 'Ceded from Koryo [Korea], 'ceded from/ Merikka.' The 'Dance Dance Revolution' the Guide has seen — described, vaguely, late (perhaps too late) in the book, and named for, but supposedly unrelated to, the popular video game — thus becomes 'Kwangju Replayed,' another failed attempt to destroy an undemocratic capitalist system. The Historian's own reflective autobiography, presented in a terse, melodic prose, brings in other examples of global horrors (Sierra Leonean amputees) as it mirrors a reader's own unease. Hong's earlier treatment of Korean-American themes in Translating Mo'um attracted some attention, but nothing could have predicted this admittedly flawed but highly original work: hard to excerpt, hard at times to decode, it's even harder to forget." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"The mixture of imagination, language, and historical consciousness in this book is marvelous."--Adrienne Rich, Barnard Women Poets Prize citation

Synopsis:

Adrienne Rich chose Cathy Park Hong's "audacious" (Los Angeles Times) second book as the winner of the 2006 Barnard Women Poets Prize.

Synopsis:

Named one of the Los Angeles Times's Best Science Fiction Books in 2007, Dance Dance Revolutionis a genre-bending tour de force told from the perspective of the Guide, a former dissident and tour guide of an imagined desert city.

About the Author

Cathy Park Hong teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393064841
Author:
Hong, Cathy Park
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Korean Americans
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This deeply political Barnard Women Poets Prize — winning second book is part poetic sequence, part science fiction: in a future city called the Desert — a Vegas-like manmade tourist trap — a character called the Guide shows another, the Historian, the sights. The Guide has survived the historical Kwangju uprising, a 1980 massacre of students and other prodemocracy protesters by the American-backed South Korean dictatorship. The Guide's speeches — all in verse — turn repeatedly to her own life story, detailed in a superbly invented dialect, based on English but incorporating Spanish and Jamaican patois: 'I'mma double migrant,' the Guide says. 'Ceded from Koryo [Korea], 'ceded from/ Merikka.' The 'Dance Dance Revolution' the Guide has seen — described, vaguely, late (perhaps too late) in the book, and named for, but supposedly unrelated to, the popular video game — thus becomes 'Kwangju Replayed,' another failed attempt to destroy an undemocratic capitalist system. The Historian's own reflective autobiography, presented in a terse, melodic prose, brings in other examples of global horrors (Sierra Leonean amputees) as it mirrors a reader's own unease. Hong's earlier treatment of Korean-American themes in Translating Mo'um attracted some attention, but nothing could have predicted this admittedly flawed but highly original work: hard to excerpt, hard at times to decode, it's even harder to forget." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , "The mixture of imagination, language, and historical consciousness in this book is marvelous."--Adrienne Rich, Barnard Women Poets Prize citation
"Synopsis" by , Adrienne Rich chose Cathy Park Hong's "audacious" (Los Angeles Times) second book as the winner of the 2006 Barnard Women Poets Prize.
"Synopsis" by , Named one of the Los Angeles Times's Best Science Fiction Books in 2007, Dance Dance Revolutionis a genre-bending tour de force told from the perspective of the Guide, a former dissident and tour guide of an imagined desert city.
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