SUPPORT LARB. She studied chemistry at university and wrote her first short story as a way of practising her typing. ', 'You have the eyes of a wolf-girl whose heart has never once been moved. The way she views her supposed friends, J. A table, a cupboard. It's the fourth of July and because I denied (and still do) updating my phone, a family member has spent all day dedicating his livelihood to updating it. 2017. For her, time and identity blur, and all action is reaction. Jonathan Cape has acquired a novel by Korean writer Bae Suah, Unknown Nights and Days, translated by International Man Booker-winning translator Deborah Smith. Bae Suah is one of the most highly acclaimed contemporary Korean authors, with over ten short story collections and five novels to her name. Reading this book was a surreal experience unlike any other book I've read (in a good way), which I think is a testament to Suah's writing and Smith's translation. She writes in a way that puts you into the mind-space of the narrator. Show Map. "Bae Suah offers the chance to un-know--to see the every-day afresh and be defamiliarized with what we believe we know--which is no small offering." It is the story of a Korean "recitation actress", Kyung-hee, who has spent her life traveling, often on foot, around the world. “Untold Night and Day” is a novel that will make your day. Bae Suah and Deborah Smith on Tour! When I press my ear to your chest, I hear only wind and emptiness. Bae Suah’s young narrator describes her empty existence as she travels through life, barely moved by the disintegrated state of her family and her own poverty and loneliness. In reality, though, she never once went back to any of the places she’d left behind, and there was something peculiar about the way she only drew them again and again in her imagination, like a hometown whose precise location has grown uncertain over time. She succeeds. Start by marking “A Greater Music” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Bae writes frequently and at length about music; some of the pieces I know and some of them are new to me. Bae Suah in experimental mode. You do want to build up to a climax with more interesting material as you go along, but in this case the beginning is just too boring to really get into, and I almost gave up before I got through the first 40%. I wish I had time to read this book again, I would probably be able to give this book better rating, since this book needs a careful reading of the meaning, which only appears clearly in the last sections. Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT. Prior to that, she had never taken any creative writing or literature classes. Maybe I have failed it, instead of the other way round. She has also translated several books from the German, including works by W. G. Sebald, Franz Kafka, and Jenny Erpenbeck. I would recommend to read it as different stories. Bae Suah, one of the most highly acclaimed contemporary Korean authors, has published more than a dozen works and won several prestigious awards. Very little "happens" -- but I did not want to put it down. It's a novel, but not in a traditional style. Maybe I have failed it, instead of the other way round. The story of a young Korean woman living in Germany. 77 reviews. ", I enjoyed this book. In the beginning of the book, the woman’s ex-boyfriend continually inquires about her old friend M, a mysterious German tutor with whom she was in love. In “Untold Night and Day” identities are blurred, chronology is warped, time and space are stretched and exist in parallel to others. Large parts of the book came across as repetitive with the narrator seemingly namedropping authors and composers ad nauseam without making or providing any insight or proper connection with the narrative itself. Bae Suah, one of the most highly acclaimed contemporary Korean authors, has published more than a dozen works and won several prestigious awards. It reminded me of Sebald, but maybe that's mostly because it was set in Berlin and somewhat melancholy. Mateo Askaripour is a Brooklyn-based writer whose debut novel, Black Buck—which Colson Whitehead calls a “mesmerizing novel, executing a high... "Bae Suah offers the chance to un-know—to see the every-day afresh and be defamiliarized with what we believe we know—which is no small offering."—. Although not in first person, the story is mainly told as the reminiscences of Kyung-hee, told to a group of foreign exiles she runs into by accident. It's a hard read, but I did enjoy, especially as the meaning slowly came through at the end. She is giving a performance in a small theatre of a dramatic piece called “The Saora Shaman’s wife”, about a woman who sets out to bring her newly dead husband back from the land of the dead. We’d love your help. Artikelen van Bae Suah koop je eenvoudig online bij bol.com Gratis retourneren 30 dagen bedenktijd Snel in huis From the author nominated for the Best Translated Book Award and the PEN Translation Prize "Bae Suah offers the chance to unknow―to see the everyday afresh and be defamiliarized with what we believe we know―which is no small offering. It is bizarre and will keep you wondering what is really going on. This book taught me more about classical music than I cared knowing. By Chad Post | September 13th, 2016 | Articles | 0 Comment This fall, two Open Letter authors will be on tour: Josefine Klougart (whose tour we announced a few weeks ago) will be going cross-country starting next week to promote One of Us Is Sleeping. Unlike the novels of hers I've read, this collection depicts similar characters in a greater variety of situations, while not relying on dramatic plotting. The 7 stories in North Station display many aspects of this author's formidable powers. "Kyung-hee said that in her hometown, she’d been a theatre actor specialising in recitation Several times already now, she’d had the idea of visiting the houses she’d left behind. A hypnotic, disorienting story of parallel lives unfolding over a day and a night in the sweltering heat of Seoul's summerFor two years, twenty-eight-year-old Kim Ayami has … Bae Suah (author), Deborah Smith (translator) Hardback. These sorts of things happen more frequently in the latter half of the book especially. The structure is more complicated, in that she tells stories of other peo. Open Letter. Apparently she came to study but didn’t get much past taking private tutoring lessons to learn the language. Free delivery worldwide on over 20 million titles. The next to last Korean novel for the group I am in on Goodreads (moving to Arabic writings in March), this is the best work I've read by Bae Suah. Author: Bae Suah. The Los Angeles Review of Books is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. She has also translated several books from the German, including works by W. G. Sebald, Franz Kafka, and Jenny Erpenbeck. A few examples would be when a character inexplicably changes the pronoun they refer to themselves during a stream-of-con. More than simply an unreliable narrator, there is a sense of the absence of progression or chronology. Names and people and places fold over each other like a blanket in the ocean. It reminded me of Wittgenstein's Mistress by David Markson. The Los Angeles Review of Books is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. In this case, you're in a constant state of apathy and nihilism. 배수아 (Bae Suah)'s 2003 novel 에세이스트의 책상 (literally: Essayist's Desk) has been translated by the MBI winning Deborah Smith as A Greater Music. See all books authored by Bae Suah, including A Greater Music, and Recitation, and more on ThriftBooks.com. Help us create the kind of literary community you’ve always dreamed of. By (author) Bae Suah , Translated by Deborah Smith. Refresh and try again. It begins with a Korean expat couple encountering a woman at a train station in an unidentifiable European city and, learning that she was supposed to meet someone who was going to let her stay in his apartment overnight but hadn’t shown up, invite her to stay with them. But it's frustrating because at the same time there are parts of the prose that absolutely sang. Ba. It begins with a Korean expat couple encountering a woman at a train station in an unidentifiable European city and, learning that she was supposed to meet someone who was going to let her stay in his apartment overnight but hadn’t shown up, invite her to stay with t. An ambitious and difficult novel which challenges the reader to construct a single, coherent story out of a series of fragments in which time, place, characters and narrator are constantly shifting and often only vaguely identified. Clothes lacking bodies to give them shape. Open Letter. The novel follows a Korean woman to Germany where she tries to learn the language. A Greater Music is the first in a line of steady and much-anticipated releases by Bae Suah from key indie presses (this one published by Open Letter). Looking for books by Bae Suah? The timeline of events described are hazy at best and the whole book has a very grim vibe. I do think that the connection between the mus. About 40% in however, her memories turn to her childhood -- a very interesting account of how schools turn off the most intelligent students, so that they sometimes turn out to be the least well-educated by the end -- and then toward her homoerotic relationship (although there are no sex scenes, or even real love scenes) with M., which are far better done. --Sophie Hughes, Music & Literature Near the beginning of A Greater Music, the narrator, a young Korean writer, falls into an icy river in the Berlin suburbs, where she's been housesitting for her on-off boyfriend Joachim. Building off of the interest of 2016 Best Translated Book Award longlist nominee Nowhere to Be Found, Bae Suah … Bae has departed from the tradition of mainstream literature and created her own literary world based on a unique style and knack for psychological description. "Greater" meant "more" from the original novel in Korean. Untold Night and Day. The early parts focus on the unnamed narrator's (never well-defined) relationship with her boyfriend(?) The memory more than the act of reading. This was not my kind of book. So "Recitation" goes back on my books-to-be-read list and one day I'll take another stab at it. We’d love your help. I received Bae Suah’s novel as an Easter present. Bae Suah is one of the most highly acclaimed contemporary Korean authors; both an award-winning writer and translator. It discusses the way language sets up barriers, but also tears them down. By Chad Post | September 13th, 2016 | Articles | 0 Comment This fall, two Open Letter authors will be on tour: Josefine Klougart (whose tour we announced a few weeks ago) will be going cross-country starting next week to promote One of Us Is Sleeping. The farther along one reads, the stranger the story becomes, and although the reader can reconstruct a possible narrative, the most important parts remain ambiguous, and we are never sure whether events actually happened the way Kyung-hee describes them. This book was quite different from any other book I've read. She has also translated several books from the German, including works by W. G. Sebald, Franz Kafka, and Jenny Erpenbeck. “왜냐하면 걸어간다는 것은 일종의 비언어적 정당성을 획득하는 유일한 방법이고, 지금 이시대에 행할 수 있는 가장 나 자체인 것이며, 마음과 육체를 모두 포괄하는 전체적인 묘사라고 생각되었으니까요” 22p, I was recc'd this because I loved Young-moon Jung's, i love bae suah's evocative, meandering sentences but this hinged too much on woo-woo shamanistic plot turns for my liking; think she does something here that's similar to david mitchell's approach to reincarnation / incorporeal travelling souls in. Chairs. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I wish I had time to read this book again, I would probably be able to give this book better rating, since this book needs a careful reading of the meaning, which only appears clearly in the last sections. 2016. Be the first to review this product. The writing style is reminiscent of what I think about early 20th century books; there are long, rambling paragraphs dense with description and ambling digressions. ANDREA PLATE WRITES — (This is the third in an original series about new wave feminist writers in Korea.) About halfway through "Recitation" I found I simply didn't care anymore, wasn't curious enough to see where Bae Suah was headed. The narrator is an unnamed Korean, describing 2 periods of her life spent in Germany, 3 years apart. A few examples would be when a character inexplicably changes the pronoun they refer to themselves during a stream-of-consciousness passage, or when an event seems to occur both before and after its description by the narrator. Welcome back. 2016. October 11th 2016 The characters are limited and unlikeable. Bae Suah (Author) Bae Suah was born in Seoul in 1965. Bae Suah offers a complex psychological portrait in this highly intelligent, introspective novel. She succeeds. It was a shock. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The narrator lacks any sort of self-awareness and her immaturity makes it difficult to enjoy any aspect of the plot as it is. Recitation: Bae, Suah, Smith, Deborah: Amazon.nl Selecteer uw cookievoorkeuren We gebruiken cookies en vergelijkbare tools om uw winkelervaring te verbeteren, onze services aan te bieden, te begrijpen hoe klanten onze services gebruiken zodat we verbeteringen … She also translates from the German. "Bae Suah offers the chance to un-know—to see the every-day afresh and be defamiliarized with what we believe we know—which is no small offering. January 24th 2017 clock. I didn’t enjoy its reading but have to say that right in the middle of the book , the description about Kyung-hee’s parents, how she was brought up, the terrible way how they treated her, the relationship with her sister, her fears and loneliness, touched me incredibly. Since 1993 she has published more than a dozen novels and short story collections. Really interesting writing, but I fundamentally disagree with Bae on the nature of mind. Her translations from the German include works by W. G. Sebald, Franz Kafka, and Jenny Erpenbeck. Suah equates music to a form of language. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. But it was definitely not my flavor. Add to this th. Still, interesting enough to where I might be interested in reading another of her works at some point. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Bae Suah, born in Seoul in 1965, is one of the most highly acclaimed contemporary Korean authors, with over ten short story collections and five novels to her name. “The deeply flushed midsummer sunlight, the strong, clear alcohol filling a dirty glass, a goat tethered with a rope, the enormous sides of a glitteringly white modern building, the solemn melody of the national orchestra, the slender-necked actress who was performing on the stage, the arc of a rainbow which, after a sudden shower, fell to the earth like an arrow from between the clouds, a sheepdog pressed flat under the wheel of a car, a herd of stubborn goats bobbing their heads with profound indifference, blue cloth fluttering in the wind, designating something sacred, a swarthy woman looking down on the street below from a first-floor window, her exposed chest leaning out over the wooden frame, cat-sized rats threading their way around the legs of market stalls, unlit signs and display windows, a sombrely lit butcher’s fridge, each dark red carcass still buttressed with the animal’s skeleton, Banchi’s printing shop, on the ground floor of a temple on the main street in the city centre, there Banchi makes picture postcards featuring his own translations of Indian sutras.”, “I wonder about the collective soul of the widespread and artificially constructed new tribe known as the ‘city dweller’, who is no longer a part of any traditional society or race, and has never at any time held spiritual or religious beliefs which arise from any geographic specificity, or at least beliefs which are current only in a specific region, given that, even in regions where such beliefs had once held sway, the degree and duration of industrialisation meant not only that shamanism had lost its power but that access to collective memories of it had been completely cut off, with each individual inextricably bound up with things that would once have been foreign to them, psychological differences flattened, made to conform to an international standard now long accepted, a globally-current ‘enlightened’ standard that is considered the only one of value; the modern city dweller who has thus lost no few of their native, traditional, mythical elements, which defy explanation; the modern city dweller in whom the majority of us can now recognise ourselves.”, Korean literature in English (fiction and nonfiction), here's an essay I wrote for the GW Institute for Korean Studies, A Debut Novelist's 2020 Reading that Mirrors Our Timeline. She peers through the window into the ground-floor flat, where a naked bulb casts a cold, "Kyung-hee said that in her hometown, she’d been a theatre actor specialising in recitation Several times already now, she’d had the idea of visiting the houses she’d left behind. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It focuses on two romantic relationships she has while there, and the parts where she talks about M. are definitely the best parts of the novel. One of South Korea's most astonishingly sui generis authors, Bae Suah mixes the cerebral and the pungently physical, the mundane and the wildly surreal, in a characteristically potent blend. An ambitious and difficult novel which challenges the reader to construct a single, coherent story out of a series of fragments in which time, place, characters and narrator are constantly shifting and often only vaguely identified. This book was quite different from any other book I've read. Everyday low prices on a huge range of new releases and classic fiction. Publisher: Deep Vellum Publishing, 2017. As Recitation was the first book of hers I read, I love the parallelism here regarding the spoken word, but this time focusing mainly on music. Bae Suah is the author of this impressive novel. Music can act in much the same way. did not finished this one, stopped somewhere in the middle. Joachim and his uninteresting family -- frankly, th. We assume she’s bisexual because first she had an affair with her female tutor, broke up with her, and is now involved with a young German man. For my #readingaroundtheworld friends it qualifies for South Korea. The book ends (almost) with the piece, and it is clear that it describes Kyung-hee’s life in mythic form, she being the shaman’s wife and her lost German teacher being the shaman (or at least one of his incarnations): “He was my eternal husband, my ancestor, my shaman” (p. 272). A Greater Music is the first in a line of steady and much-anticipated releases by Bae Suah from key indie presses (this one published by Open Letter). It's a hard read, but I did enjoy, especially as the meaning slowly came through at the end. I do think that the connection between the musical themes and that of identity/language wasn’t particularly strong, and Recitation is better overall. Translator Sora Kim-Russell describes it as “a road novel turned inside out, a story of a woman’s journey out of and into desire told as only Bae Suah could tell it Since 1993 she has published more than a dozen novels and short story collections. And then A Greater Music by Bae Suah, translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith:. Her first book to appear in English, Nowhere to be Found, was longlisted for a PEN Translation Prize and the Best Translated Book Aw. Bae Suah was born in Seoul in 1965. But there is much more than this to the piece, and very much more to Kyung-hee’s life as related in the course of the book, and there are many more connections to be made between them and the barren worlds they inhabit. This book is a swirling mass of consciousness, breathing and pulsing like a screensaver. This is an unabashedly intellectual book: without a clear plot, the narrator muses on the nature of language, music, and relationships, while occasionally commenting on books she's read. SUPPORT LARB. Sometimes the way forward is clearer the second time around. Her translations from the German include works by W. G. Sebald, Franz Kafka, and Jenny Erpenbeck. Grasshoppers spring up around her feet, transparent carapaces propelled into the air as she crosses the dirt yard and approaches the cement buildings, their desiccated structures hard and dry as stale bread, and riddled with holes. A Greater Music is the first in a line of steady and much-anticipated releases by Bae Suah from key indie presses (this one published by Open Letter). Start by marking “Recitation” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Bae Suah (family name Bae, given name Suah) is not interested in providing the reader with a cozy, neat reading. I was particularly struck by the co-existence of multiple points of reference which couldn't co-exist in any traditional concept of narrative continuity or linear chronology, and how subtle the contradictions were. I didn’t enjoy its reading but have to say that right in the middle of the book , the description about Kyung-hee’s parents, how she was brought up, the terrible way how they treated her, the relationship with her sister, her fears and loneliness, touched me incredibly. It definitively makes me think this is a biographical passage and I feel so sorry for Bae Suah.. 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