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Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982
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Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 (Paperback)

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The multi-million copy selling, international bestseller


Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 is the South Korean sensation that has got the whole world talking. The life story of one young woman born at the end of the twentieth century 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 sinceHan Kang's The Vegetarian.


"This is a book about the life of a woman living in Korea; the despair of an ordinary woman which she takes for granted. The fact that it's not about 'someone special' is extremely shocking, while also being incredibly relatable." Sayaka Murata, author of Convenience Store Woman


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.


'This witty, disturbing book deals with sexism, mental health issues and the hypocrisy of a country where young women are "popping caffeine pills and turning jaundiced" as they slave away in factories helping to fund higher education for male siblings.' The Independent


'A treatise and a howl of anger [...] it describes experiences that will be recognisable everywhere. It's slim, unadorned narrative distils a lifetime's iniquities into a sharp punch. The books demonstrates the unfairness of the female experience and the sheer difficulty of improving it.' The Sunday Times



Fiction & PoetryFiction in translationFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd Publication Date: 20/02/2020 ISBN-13: 9781471184284  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Cho Nam-joo is a former television scriptwriter. In the writing of this book she drew partly on her own experience as a woman who quit her job to stay at home after giving birth to a child. Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 is her third novel. It has had a profound impact on gender inequality and discrimination in Korean society, and has been translated into 18 languages. Jamie Chang is an award-winning translator and teaches at the Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea.

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