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少年易老 (A Boy May Get Older Easily)

Author

Pyeon Hyeyoung

Publisher

Moonji Publishing Co., Ltd.

Categories

Literature & Fiction

Audience

Adult

Overseas Licensing

Keywords

  • #mystery novel
  • #Pyeon Hyeyoung
  • #Korean novel

Copyright Contact

YUN SeoHee

  • Publication Date

    2019-04-29
  • No. of pages

    256
  • ISBN

    9788932035338
  • Dimensions

    116 * 186
Overview

This novel is a psychological mystery about fear that can instantly destroy life and how people cannot find the solution within this fear.

Book Intro

Novels by Pyeon Hyeyoung start out with unexpected incidents. As the narrator tracks the causes of such incidents and the dark veil of life is lifted, the cruel truth hidden behind the darkness slowly reveals itself. The way characters try to remove the darkness in their lives meet the phraseology of Pyeon Hyeyoung and drive the reader into the tense situation of the characters, putting  a reader into a breath-taking thrill and involved in solving the mystery. 

The title piece, 少年易老, comes from Chu Hsi's work 少年易老學難成, which means "A boy may get older easily but it is difficult to master one's studies." When we focus on the change of a boy becoming an adult, the reason 少年易老 appears at the forefront of the book has great significance. What would the boy look like when he gets older? In other words, what does the adults in the novel look like? 

What does it mean to become an adult? Knowing oneself better than anyone else and therefore maintaining one's dignity in any situation? Pyeon Hyeyoung then asks a serious question. Will an adult be able to withstand every unexpected thing in the world? The once-kind father loses his kindness as he looks after his grandfather on his mother's side(Next Guess), another character worked so hard and faithfully but eventually he was severely injured (Wonder Box), and even when appropriate amount of weedkiller was used but the yard is ruined ( (Lawn). In front of an incident you failed to anticipate, your body freezes in panic, maybe even collapses. Then you become obsessed with a single question. Whose fault is it? Why am I suffering because of someone else's fault?

Once this question is asked, there is no end. You must find the one responsible. Even when you ask whose fault it was, in the end, there is only one answer. And that answer may be the one you wanted to avoid the most. The fact that you were there at the start of it all. It is unclear when it started, but as if life already knew you would fall, it drags you down into its fully-prepared trap. Within the pain, unable to blame anyone but yourself, will you be able to withstand the truth?

 

About the Author

Pyeon Hyeyoung



Pyeon Hyeyoung was born in Seoul in 1972 and graduated from the Seoul Institute of Arts with a degree in Creative Writing and Hanyang University Graduate School with a degree in Korean Literature. Pyeon made her literary debut in 2000 with her short story winning the annual spring literary contest by Seoul Shinmun. Story collections created by Pyeon Hyeyoung include Aoi Garden, To the Farm, Wooing of Dusk, and The Night Passes. Novels written by Pyeon include The Ashes and the Red and I Went to the Woods in the West. Pyeon has received various awards including the Hankook Ilbo Literary Award, the Lee Hyosuk Literary Award, the Dongin Literary Award, the Hyundai Literary Award, and Today's Young Artist's Award. She is a current professor in the Department of Creative Writing of Myongji University.

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