Pavane for a Dead Princess (Library of Korean Literature #11) (Paperback)

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It's easy to compare Pavane to Haruki Murakami's Norwegian Wood, due to the narrator's sentimental reflections on youth and lost love (peppered poignantly by pop cultural references). But Park's coming-of-age novel, set against an image-obsessed South Korea in the mid-80s, passes more like a series of Polaroid photographs to Murakami's manga, if you catch my drift. The characters speak like real people; a conversation over beers can start with a belly laugh and end with one's blood running cold. Today, as the so-called "Korean wave" reaches high tide—and society grows ever more obsessed with the illusion of beauty—Pavane offers a much-needed vanity check.

— From Brendan


Park Min-gyu has been celebrated and condemned for his attacks upon what he perceives as the humorlessness of contemporary Korean literature. Pavane for a Dead Princess is his attack upon the beauty-fetish that reigns over popular culture, detailing the relationship between a man with matinee-idol good looks and "the ugliest woman of the century." To complicate matters further, Park also includes a so-called "writer's cut" of the same story, offering alternate versions of the facts, giving the reader the opportunity to imagine all the different ways this same novel might have been written.

About the Author

Born in 1968, Park Min-gyu published his first book Legend of the World's Superheroes in 2003, for which he was awarded the Munhakdongne New Writer Award.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781628970661
ISBN-10: 1628970669
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Publication Date: October 14th, 2014
Pages: 262
Language: English
Series: Library of Korean Literature