This is a story of women who are forced to live as fossils, without either evolving or going extinct.
- Book Intro
In this work, Kim Suhm brings to life many Korean mothers who lived like ghosts. These "mothers" confront us with the reality of today by showing how seriously what we have defined as the "untouchable territory" has been compromised by economic values and failed in revealing its own value. The novel also realistically shows the process of how a family is broken down to pieces. A mother-in-law transforms herself like a chameleon when she meets an enemy. Her daughter-in-law, working as a low-wage part-timer, who is treated as disposable and discarded. And a son and husband who care nothing for anyone but himself.
Through the pregnant daughter-in-law who is due in five days, yet has to commute to work by bus and the subway nibbling crackers to endure morning sickness, the author visualizes the ills of capitalism, which monetizes human emotions.
The daughter-in-law worries more about medical bills than the health of mother-in-law. She moved in mother-in-law's house because she had to work, but when she quit working, she started to consider her mother-in-law as surplus. Such snobbery is caused by her survival strategy. In fact, there was no option but to choose the strategy under the pressure of capitalism. Kim Suhm, through Women and Their Evolving Enemies, points out not only how human emotion is reduced to monetary value, but also how the commercialization of emotion destroys individual human beings and distorts their social relationships.
- About the Author
Kim Suhm was born in Ulsan in 1974. In 1997, she debuted in the Daejeon Ilbo and in 1998, the Munhakdongne. Her novel collections include Dogfighting, Bed, and Liver and Gall, and her full-length novels include Idiots, Steel, My Beautiful Offenders, Water, and To Abandon a Yellow Dog. She was awarded the Heo Gyun Literary Award and Hyundae Literary Award.
Daesan Literary Award, 2013, Fiction category