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The Square

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Publisher: , 2014
Original title: 광장, 1960
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This groundbreaking classic of Korean modernism tackles the shattering effect of the division of Korea. Taking place just before the Korean War, it follows its protagonist as he travels to the North hoping to escape what he sees as the repressive right-wing regime in the South…only to find that a different sort of lie reigns in the so-called worker’s paradise. Implying that both communism and capitalism are pernicious infections from without, The Square is a dark and complex story of the ways ideologies can destroy the individual.

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

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