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I'll Go On (Paperback)

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From one of South Korea’s most acclaimed young authors comes the story of two sisters, Sora and Nana. When Sora was ten years old, and Nana was nine, their father died in a freak accident at the factory where he worked, his body sucked under a huge cogwheel, crushed beyond recognition. Their mother Aeja, numb with grief, gives in to torpor, developing an unhealthy obsession with the paradoxical violence implicit in life.




Now adults, Sora finds herself dreaming of the past when she discovers that Nana is pregnant. Her initial reaction is shock – though they live together, she never even realised her younger sister had a lover – and Nana’s icy response to her attempt at being considerate (‘You hate this, so don’t pretend like I’m some poor pregnant woman you have to pity’) drives a wedge between the two. Can Naghi – the boy who shared their childhood, and the simple, nourishing meals cooked by his mother – help the sisters break free of Aeja’s worldview in which life is ultimately futile and love is always doomed?




A delicate stylist with an unflinching social gaze, in I’ll Go On Hwang Jungeun has crafted a poignant novel with an uncanny ear for the unspoken secrets and heartaches buried beneath daily life and family ritual. Above all, it is a stunning exploration of the intensity of early bonds – and the traces they leave on us as we grow up.


Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Tilted Axis Press Publication Date: 04/10/2018 ISBN-13: 9781911284208  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Hwang Jungeun is one of the bright young things of Korean literature, having published two collections of short stories and three novels to date. One Hundred Shadows (2010), her first novel, was both a critical and commercial success; its mix of oblique fantasy, hard-edge social critique, and offbeat romance garnered the Hankook Ilbo Literary Award and the Korean Booksellers' Award.

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Left to fend for themselves by the sudden death of their father and their mother's descent into apathy, Sora and Nana find first practical support and then an alternative family in their next door neighbour Naghi and his mother. Still very much connected in adulthood the three friends/siblings find their bond tested by Nana's pregnancy.

An elegantly crafted story, that deftly observes the intricate ties of friendship and sisterhood and the meaning of family.

Jen, Web Team

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 03/09/2018

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