Translated by: Kang Sunok, Melissa Thomson
Publisher: Kitaab International, 2018.
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From the publisher’s website:
In mainstream literature, it is not unusual to find a great novel whose themes are simultaneously universal and local. humanity and the human condition can be represented through characters and events that reflect the environment of an author living in a specific time and place. In the case of The Scorpion, the 13th novel by Kim Won-il, one of Korea’s most acclaimed contemporary writers, the crippling repercussions of childhood trauma- trauma that has occured and still occurs today in every culture across the globe- are shown against the setting of Korea’s tortured history. The Scorpion, can be read both as historical fiction and as a contemporary crime novel.
Available direct from the publisher in Singapore, but I've yet to find any copies for sale via the normal online outlets in the West.
Entry on Goodreads.com here.
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