The KCC’s literature nights kick off in 2020 with one of 2019’s under-the-radar publications.
Ji-Min Lee: Marilyn and Me
Wednesday 26 February 2020, 7pm @KCCUK
Entrance Free – Booking Essential
Apply to [email protected] or call 020 7004 2600 with your name and contact details by Monday 3 February, or register on the KCC website.
The booking system utilises a lottery based programme that picks names at random, once the final selection has been drawn we will send you an e-mail regarding the result of the selection.
You can pick up a copy of the book from the Korean Cultural Centre UK, once you have received your confirmation e-mail.
About the Book
A gripping and heartwrenching novel of damage and survival, grief and unexpected solace, Marilyn and Me is a fascinating – and timely – insight into an extraordinary time and place
How do you translate the present, when you can’t let go of the past?
It is the winter of 1954, and in the rubble-strewn aftermath of the Korean war Marilyn Monroe has come to Seoul to perform to the US soldiers stationed there. Incongruous in her silk dress and flawless makeup, she sings of seduction and love, dazzling battle-scarred Americans and Koreans alike.
Alice, the woman chosen to be Marilyn’s translator, was once Kim Ae-sun, before her name was stolen from her – along with so much else – by the war. With her prematurely grey hair, her fraying lace gloves and the memories that will engulf her if she lets them, Alice works as a typist for the US military. It is a job that has enabled her to survive, and to forget.
As they travel across the country, over the four days of Marilyn’s tour, the two women begin to form an unlikely friendship. But when Alice becomes embroiled in a sting operation involving the entrapment of a Communist spy she is forced to confront the past she has been trying so hard to escape.
About the Author
Ji-min Lee is a screenwriter in Korea and the author of several novels. She made her literary debut by winning the Munhakdongne New Writer Award in 2000 for her novel Modern Boy. The novel was adapted into a movie of the same name in 2008. Her notable works include the novels Despair is Taboo, Marilyn and I, and Youthful Extremes, and the short story collection He Asks Me to See Him Off.
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