The book explores the essence of life by chanellenging the facts that you believe in or you take for granted through 56 stories featuring the vanity and beauty of life.
- Book Intro
This is the first book by Kim Youngmin, professor at Seoul National University who interprets our time with essential yet not boring questions and clear yet not light answers. A reader can experience Kim's peculiar writng style, which breaks the clichés of everyday life through refuting, twisting, sleek humor and free thought.
This book contains what professor Kim has loved or agonized over for the past 10 years, such as everyday life and society, school and students, and movie and reading. He calls this book as an effort to reminisce about his past, explore the unknown world, and remember new encounters. "I wanted to talk about living with people around me," he said. "I wanted to share a critical perspective that breaks the unwritten rules in our society." He also said that a reader would feel his/her life firm and rely on readig as long as they read this book.
The book begins with a fresh yet heavy question. He believes that doubting things that we've believed in or taken for granted will open up the crack that leads us to the essence. He delivers a message that penetrates the core of life, the world, and the academy by dbouting and refuting. This renews our consciousness and gives an opportunity to check what questions we are currently living with.
- About the Author
Kim Youngmin is professor of political science and diplomacy at Seoul National University. He received his Ph.D. in East Asian history of thoughts from Harvard University and worked as professor at Bryn Mawr College. His English books include A History of Chinese Political Thought (2018). He studies East Asian political ideology and comparative political ideology. In 1998, he won the Spring Literary Award in film criticism category by Dong-A Ilbo, and is currently communicating with people through various newspaper columns. Among them, the What is Chuseok column gained a lot of response,bringinghim a lot of attention as an idol of the column world.
Korea Federation of Bookstroe Association, 2019, This Year's Book