Synopses & Reviews
"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.
"A polyglot explosion of unique individual and broader social concerns." The Believer
Adrienne Rich chose Cathy Park Hong's "audacious" () second book as the winner of the 2006 Barnard Women Poets Prize.
Named one of the 's Best Science Fiction Books in 2007, is 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 is the author of Translating Mo'um and Dance Dance Revolution and has won a Pushcart Prize and the Barnard Women Poets Prize. She lives in New York and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.