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Five Preludes and a Fugue

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Publisher: , 2019.
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A young woman delves into the circumstances of her mother’s death ahead of her own marriage, interrogating a woman who witnessed her mother’s death and would later come to play a crucial role in her life. An exploration of the human (in)capacity for (self-)deception and knowledge, the story offers a nuanced portrait of contemporary (Korean) social mores. As with all Cheon’s work to date this beautifully crafted story places women at its core, and explores form and,(in this case epistolatory) while subtly weaving into the text a deep interrogation of social issues.

Read a review by Tony Malone here. Entry on here.