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Author Paek, Nam-nyong, author.

Title Friend : a novel from North Korea / Paek Nam-nyong ; translated by Immanuel Kim.

Publication Info. New York : Columbia University Press, [2020]

Item Status

Description 1 online resource (224 pages)
Series Weatherhead books on Asia
Weatherhead books on Asia.
Language Translated from the original Korean into English.
Summary "A tale of marital intrigue, abuse, and divorce in North Korea. A woman in her thirties comes to a courthouse petitioning for a divorce. As the judge who hears her statement begins to investigate the case, the story unfolds into a broader consideration of love and marriage. The novel delves into its protagonists' past, describing how the couple first fell in love and then how their marriage deteriorated over the years. It chronicles the toll their acrimony takes on their son and their careers alongside the story of the judge's own marital troubles. A best-seller in North Korea, where Paek continues to live and write, Friend illuminates a side of life in the DPRK that Western readers have never before encountered. Far from being a propagandistic screed in praise of the Great Leader, Friend describes the lives of people who struggle with everyday problems such as marital woes and workplace conflicts. Instead of socialist-realist stock figures, Paek depicts complex characters who wrestle with universal questions of individual identity, the split between public and private selves, the unpredictability of existence, and the never-ending labor of maintaining a relationship. This groundbreaking translation of one of North Korea's most popular writers offers English-language readers a page-turner full of psychological tension as well as a revealing portrait of a society that is typically seen as closed to the outside world"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Their love -- Afterword.
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Subject Divorce suits -- Korea (North) -- Fiction.
Man-woman relationships -- Fiction.
Divorced women -- Korea (North) -- Fiction.
FICTION / Literary.
Man-woman relationships.
Divorced women.
Divorce suits.
Korea (North)
Genre/Form Domestic fiction.
Electronic books.
Domestic fiction.
Added Author Kim, Immanuel, translator.
Added Title Pŏt. English
Other Form: Print version: Paek, Nam-nyong. Pŏt. English. Friend. New York : Columbia University Press, [2020] 9780231195607 (DLC) 2019037295 (OCoLC)1100770587
ISBN 9780231551403 (electronic book)
0231551401 (electronic book)
9780231195607 (hardcover)
9780231195614 (paperback)
Standard No. 16713683