A collection of 35 of the most beloved essays among a total of over 660 essays written by the late Park Wan-suh, the mother of Korean literature.
- Book Intro
This book takes a fresh look at essays written by Park Wan-suh, an invaluable legacy left by the beloved author.
She was responsible for numerous books featured in many of Korea’s must-read lists, such as Who Ate Up All the Shingah?, Mother’s Stake, The Naked Tree, and Was That Mountain Really There? No one would question her standing as a master in the world of Korean literature. It has been 10 years since her passing, and to commemorate this loss, we present a collection of 35 of her best-loved essays, thoughtfully curated from a list of over 660. The selection process itself took months in order to create a book that truly represents the spirit of the late author.
Even as time passes, Park Wan-suh's words always remain a treasure.
Although it has been a decade since her death, Park continues to be discussed and published. This is because her writing is irreplaceably, impeccably good. Written in simple prose, the pages quickly fly by, and yet they leave the reader with a lingering feeling that lasts. Her words are forthright but never too much, interesting yet deep, and critical but warm. Any random page can bring joy to readers, and leave warmth in their hearts. After finishing her books, one can easily understand why Park is hailed as such a literary giant.
In times of chaos, this book will bring solace.
At a time when things are changing at a dizzying pace, it is difficult to find a touchstone that can ground us and help us keep our center. In the confessions of a veteran writer who has braved numerous trials in her own life, we find solace and a sense of comfort. Park’s life experiences and way of life were different from contemporary parallels. And yet, when we read her words today, we can’t help but relate to them and become overwhelmed by Park's insight. Even as she endured the greatest suffering life can throw at us, including war, division of her homeland, and the deaths of her husband and son, Park managed to sing of the beauty of life and the warmth of humanity. She tells only the truest of stories in her books, and these are the writings that manage to shine even as the years have faded.
- About the Author
Park made her debut as an author in 1970 at the age of 40 when her work The Naked Tree was selected by a panel of judges. Until her passing in January 2011, she went on to publish 80 short story collections and 15 feature-length works of fiction, along with numerous children’s books, essay collections, and dramas. Her most well-known works include Mother’s Stake, Who Ate Up All the Shingah?, Unforgettable, and Applause to the Very Last. She has received 13 prizes for her contributions to fiction. Park took the many tragedies in her life and used them as inspiration for her art, and was excellent in identifying the everyday pain that people can relate to. She was also critical of the deep ironies in our society, as well as the shallowness of the middle class and the issue of gender inequality. And yet, the main themes that weave through all her works are those of hope and love.
- Bestseller Rank
No. 4 on Yes24 Best-seller List for February 2021