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Mater 2 10

Sok Yong Hwang



Price: $35.00
Format: Paperback / softback
ISBN13: 9781922310965
Published: May 2023

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International Booker-nominated virtuoso Hwang Sok-yong is back with another powerful story - an epic tale that threads together a century of Korean history.

In contemporary Seoul, a laid-off worker stages a months-long sit-in atop a sixteen-storey factory chimney. During the long and lonely nights, he talks to his ancestors, chewing on the meaning of life, on wisdom passed down the generations.

Through the lives of those ancestors, three generations of railroad workers, Mater 2-10 vividly portrays the struggles of ordinary Koreans, starting from the Japanese colonial era, continuing through Liberation, and right up to the twenty-first century. It is at once a gripping account of a nation's longing to be free from oppression, a lyrical folktale that reflects the blood, sweat, and tears shed by modern industrial labourers, and a culmination of Hwang's career - a masterpiece thirty years in the making.

A true voice of a generation, Hwang shows again why he is unmatched when it comes to depicting the roots and reality of a divided nation and bringing to life the trials and tribulations of the Korean people.

'A masterpiece of Korean history.'
-Maya Jaggi, The Guardian

'Undoubtedly the most powerful voice in Asia today.'
-Nobel Prize-winner Kenzaburo Oe

'This nearly 500-page novel opens with a laid-off railroad worker in Seoul camped out on a platform atop a factory chimney, where he will stay for 410 consecutive days in protest. As he braves the elements, his ancestors, also railroad workers, visit to relive the murders, imprisonment and torture they endured under Japanese and US occupation while fighting for better working conditions. The Nobel Prize in literature almost always goes to a European, but for the next one that's awarded to a non-European, I'm rooting for Hwang Sok-yong, perhaps South Korea's most renowned author.'
-Leland Cheuk, book critic and author of the No Good Very Bad Asian

Book details and technical specifications

Format: Paperback / softback
ISBN13: 9781922310965
Published: May 2023

Number of pages: 600
Width: 186 mm
Height: 257 mm
Depth: 36 mm

Publisher: Scribe Publications

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