One Hundred Shadows
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One Hundred Shadows

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An oblique, hard-edged novel tinged with offbeat fantasy, One Hundred Shadows is set in a slum electronics market in central Seoul - an area earmarked for demolition in a city better known for its shiny skyscrapers and slick pop videos. Here, the awkward, tentative relationship between Eun-gyo and Mujae, who both dropped out of formal education to work as repair-shop assistants, is made yet more uncertain by their economic circumstances, while their matter-of-fact discussion of a strange recent development - the shadows of the slum's inhabitants have started to 'rise' - leaves the reader to make up their own mind as to the nature of this shape-shifting tale. Hwang's spare prose is illuminated by arresting images, quirky dialogue and moments of great lyricism, crafting a deeply affecting novel of perfectly calibrated emotional restraint. Known for her interest in social minorities, Hwang eschews the dreary realism usually employed for such issues, without her social criticism being any less keen. As well as an important contribution to contemporary working-class literature, One Hundred Shadows depicts the little-known underside of a society which can be viciously superficial, complicating the shiny, ultra-modern face which South Korea presents to the world.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 152 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 13mm | 195g
  • Tilted Axis Press
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1911284029
  • 9781911284024
  • 34,189

Review quote

'There is an unforgettable, curious beauty to be found here.' - Han Kang, winner of the Man Booker International Prizeshow more

About Hwang Jungeun

Born in 1976, Hwang Jungeun is one of the bright young things of Korean literature, having published two collections of short stories and three novels to date. One Hundred Shadows (2010), her first novel, was both a critical and commercial success; its mix of oblique fantasy, hard-edge social critique, and offbeat romance garnered the Hankook Ilbo Literary Award and the Korean Booksellers' Award.show more

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245 ratings
3.62 out of 5 stars
5 14% (35)
4 45% (110)
3 31% (77)
2 8% (20)
1 1% (3)
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