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I’m Waiting for You: And Other Stories

Translated by: ,
Publisher: , 2021
Original title: 당신을 기다리고 있어, 2015
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A stunning collection of short fiction by one of South Korea’s most treasured writers, available in English for the first time.

‘Her fiction is a breath-taking piece of a cinematic art itself. Reminiscent of the world we experienced in The Matrix, Inception, and Dark City, still it leads us to this entirely original structure, which is a ground-breaking, mystic literary and cinematic experience. Indeed, powerful and graceful’ – Bong Joon-ho, Oscar-winning director of Parasite

In the title story, an engaged couple working in distant corners of the galaxy plan to arrive on Earth simultaneously and walk down the aisle together. But small incidents wreak havoc on their vast journeys, pushing the date of their wedding far into the future. As centuries pass on Earth and the land and climate change, one thing is constant: the desire of the lovers to be together.

Through two pairs of interlinked stories stories, Kim explores the driving forces of humanity – love, hope, creation, destruction, and the very meaning of existence.

Source: publisher’s website

LKL adds: The collection contains the following stories

  • I’m Waiting for You
  • The Prophet of Corruption
  • That One Life
  • On My Way to You

LKL says:

We consumed this in its audiobook version, and thoroughly enjoyed the title story and its companion-piece, On My Way to You – short chapters each comprising one letter, which worked perfectly in audio format. The other two linked short stories – The Prophet of Corruption and That One Life – would be easier to appreciate in a conventional text format.

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