Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982

Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 21/01/2021
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Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982
The soul-destroying reality of being born female
One of the sharpest, harshest, most devastating book I have ever read. "A slap in the face" could be one way of describing it and it is true, the blow is n... READ MORE
Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982
Poignant and deeply relevant to women everywhere
Cho Nam-joo uses this fictional account of the life of Kim Jiyoung to explore what it means to be a woman in South Korea. Her use of footnoted articles and... READ MORE
Angharad Manley
Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982
If I could describe this novella in one word, it would be 'angry'. Cho Nam-Joo's story of the everyday woman in Korea is a powerful exposé on systematic an... READ MORE
Rhea | Barnstaple
Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982
An Incredible Literary Feat
I read this book in one sitting on a train, and it was incredible, the two-hour journey whizzed by as I was delved so deeply into the life of Kim Jiyoung! ... READ MORE
Jess at Waterstones Lincoln High St
Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982
Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982
A gripping and heartbreaking book exploring the misogyny in Korea through the life of one woman, showing how this patriarchal society impacts womanhood fro... READ MORE


Kim Jiyoung is a girl born to a mother whose in-laws wanted a boy. Kim Jiyoung is a sister made to share a room while her brother gets one of his own.

Kim Jiyoung is a female preyed upon by male teachers at school. Kim Jiyoung is a daughter whose father blames her when she is harassed late at night.

Kim Jiyoung is a good student who doesn't get put forward for internships. Kim Jiyoung is a model employee but gets overlooked for promotion. Kim Jiyoung is a wife who gives up her career and independence for a life of domesticity.

Kim Jiyoung has started acting strangely.

Kim Jiyoung is depressed.

Kim Jiyoung is mad.

Kim Jiyoung is her own woman.

Kim Jiyoung is every woman.

Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 is the life story of one young woman born at the end of the twentieth century and raises questions about endemic misogyny and institutional oppression that are relevant to us all. Riveting, original and uncompromising, this is the most important book to have emerged from South Korea since Han Kang's The Vegetarian.

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781471184307
  • Number of pages: 176
  • Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 13 mm

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Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982
A Must Read!
I picked this up last week after hearing a very good review and I am so glad I did! The writing is sharp and the story is told in such a brilliant manner,... READ MORE
Kayla Vermaak
Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982
i finished this far too quick for my own liking, it pulled me in and i couldn’t stop reading, i wish it ended on a good note.. it really kept me up at nigh... READ MORE
Hedika  Mo
Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982
Emotionally destroying
i love this book theres no way to describe it