It felt a lot longer than it was. The author of more than a dozen novels and collections of short stories, Bae Suah was longlisted for the PEN Translation Prize and the Best Translated Book Award for … by Deep Vellum Publishing. She studied chemistry at university and wrote her first short story as a way of practising her typing. She also translates from the German. This book was quite different from any other book I've read. The book ends (almost) with the piece, and it is clear that it describes Kyung-hee’s life in mythic form, she being the shaman’s wife and her lost German teacher being the shaman (or at least one of his incarnations): “He was my eternal husband, my ancestor, my shaman” (p. 272). Bae’s works offer neither the reassurance of moral conventions upheld, nor the consolation of … When the unnamed narrator of this story falls into an icy lake while visiting her boyfriend, Joachim, in Berlin, her memories of past and present blur together into a meandering and reflective narrative. " Each story in this volume, brilliantly translated by Deborah Smith, is laden with her poetic images and philosophical meditations. She received the Hanguk Ilbo literary prize in 2003, and the Tongseo literary prize in 2004. Still, interesting enough to where I might be interested in reading another of her works at some point. Apparently, when one attempts to update a phone that hasn't been updated in years, a multitude of problems occur. Hide Map. Bae has departed from the tradition of mainstream literature and created her own literary world based on a unique style and knack for psychological description. Help us create the kind of literary community you’ve always dreamed of. There are only four characters developed in the book; the fourth is a male German language tutor. Bae Suah is one of the most highly acclaimed and innovative contemporary South Korean authors. By Chad Post | September 13th, 2016 | Articles | 0 Comment This fall, two Open Letter authors will be on tour: Josefine Klougart (whose tour we announced a few weeks ago) will be going cross-country starting next week to promote One of Us Is Sleeping. And there was no one with whom I cold share this weird empty feeling I had when I finished this. And she was both, existing at the same time. For her, time and identity blur, and all action is reaction. The structure is more complicated, in that she tells stories of other peo. The timeline of events described are hazy at best and the whole book has a very grim vibe. Independent Bookstore Bae Suah and I have parted ways for the time being. Going to sit with it for a bit. I didn’t enjoy its reading but have to say that right in the middle of the book , the description about Kyung-hee’s parents, how she was brought up, the terrible way how they treated her, the relationship with her sister, her fears and loneliness, touched me incredibly. Stylistically beautiful and lyrical, but with only the barest hint of a plot, and characters without any depth. Punk rock legend, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, award-winning writer, photographer, activist, and all-around Renaissance woman Patti Smith is... To see what your friends thought of this book. An ambitious and difficult novel which challenges the reader to construct a single, coherent story out of a series of fragments in which time, place, characters and narrator are constantly shifting and often only vaguely identified. Bae Suah (Author) Bae Suah was born in Seoul in 1965. It definitively makes me think this is a biographical passage and I feel so sorry for Bae Suah.. After this V. Though very well written this is a book extremely difficult to read. The narrator, name unknown (I think) is an odd woman, apparently affected somehow from falling into an icy river in Berlin, and the book shuffles between realities - the present and the past. Music can act in much the same way. “The deeply flushed midsummer sunlight, the strong, clear alcohol filling a dirty glass, a goat tethered with a rope, the enormous sides of a glitteringly white modern building, the solemn melody of the national orchestra, the slender-necked actress who was performing on the stage, the arc of a rainbow which, after a sudden shower, fell to the earth like an arrow from between the clouds, a sheepdog pressed flat under the wheel of a car, a herd of stubborn goats bobbing their heads with profound indifference, blue cloth fluttering in the wind, designating something sacred, a swarthy woman looking down on the street below from a first-floor window, her exposed chest leaning out over the wooden frame, cat-sized rats threading their way around the legs of market stalls, unlit signs and display windows, a sombrely lit butcher’s fridge, each dark red carcass still buttressed with the animal’s skeleton, Banchi’s printing shop, on the ground floor of a temple on the main street in the city centre, there Banchi makes picture postcards featuring his own translations of Indian sutras.”, “I wonder about the collective soul of the widespread and artificially constructed new tribe known as the ‘city dweller’, who is no longer a part of any traditional society or race, and has never at any time held spiritual or religious beliefs which arise from any geographic specificity, or at least beliefs which are current only in a specific region, given that, even in regions where such beliefs had once held sway, the degree and duration of industrialisation meant not only that shamanism had lost its power but that access to collective memories of it had been completely cut off, with each individual inextricably bound up with things that would once have been foreign to them, psychological differences flattened, made to conform to an international standard now long accepted, a globally-current ‘enlightened’ standard that is considered the only one of value; the modern city dweller who has thus lost no few of their native, traditional, mythical elements, which defy explanation; the modern city dweller in whom the majority of us can now recognise ourselves.”, Korean literature in English (fiction and nonfiction), here's an essay I wrote for the GW Institute for Korean Studies, A Debut Novelist's 2020 Reading that Mirrors Our Timeline. "A Greater Music is another addition to a growing body of literature that explores the idea that human sexuality is more pliable and fluid than the rigid labels we assign to it. It reminded me of Sebald, but maybe that's mostly because it was set in Berlin and somewhat melancholy. --Sophie Hughes, Music & Literature Near the beginning of A Greater Music, the narrator, a young Korean writer, falls into an icy river in the Berlin suburbs, where she's been housesitting for her on-off boyfriend Joachim. Reminded me of Rachel Cusk meets Don Delillo. 3.9 avg rating • (40 ratings by Goodreads) Softcover ISBN 10: 1941920462 ISBN 13: 9781941920466. The chill impression of those dearly missed rental houses, whose occupants were only ever passing through. Any reading, including mine, is likely to be "unsafe," and somehow I feel that is how it should be. "Bae Suah offers the chance to un-know--to see the every-day afresh and be defamiliarized with what we believe we know--which is no small offering." October 11th 2016 Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Start by marking “A Greater Music” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Publisher: Deep Vellum Publishing, 2017. The main character (and narrator) is so dismissive, judgemental and pretentious that is hard to find any common ground with which to relate to what she is going through. I am a fan of Korean literature and was delighted to find out that Deborah Smith, the translator of Han Kang’s works, had worked on Suah’s translation into English. We’d love your help. The stark contrast between the accounts of Joachim and M highlight the intensity of emotional and pragmatic connection between individuals, and the final third feels like a powerful breaking of a thematic dam. They get to talking with her and soon learn that she is Korean (they had started out speaking German and thought she might be Mongolian) and that they are all from Seoul. - Melissa Beck. “I become a lupin, blooming on the low hills.”, Bae Suah and I have parted ways for the time being. But like the best such analytical works, it is also emotionally engrossing, in large part because of the beauty of its prose. This specific ISBN edition is currently not available. Bae Suah, born in Seoul in 1965, is one of the most highly acclaimed contemporary Korean authors, with over ten short story collections and five novels to her name. SUPPORT LARB. I do think that the connection between the mus. A Greater Music is the first in a line of steady and much-anticipated releases by Bae Suah from key indie presses (this one published by Open Letter). Bae Suah, one of the most highly acclaimed contemporary Korean authors, has published more than a dozen works and won several prestigious awards. Bae Suah is one of the most highly acclaimed contemporary Korean authors; both an award-winning writer and translator. A Greater Music is another addition to a growing body of literature that explores the idea that human sexuality is more pliable and fluid than the rigid labels we assign to it. pin. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published As Recitation was the first book of hers I read, I love the parallelism here regarding the spoken word, but this time focusing mainly on music. I don’t think I’m mystic or surrealist enough to understand this book. Bae Suah in experimental mode. About halfway through "Recitation" I found I simply didn't care anymore, wasn't curious enough to see where Bae Suah was headed. 34 likes. With low prices and huge savings, shop at wordery.com today. Help us create the kind of literary community you’ve always dreamed of. I was particularly struck by the co-existence of multiple points of reference which couldn't co-exist in any traditional concept of narrative continuity or linear chronology, and how subtle the contradictions were. Sometimes the way forward is clearer the second time around. She peers through the window into the ground-floor flat, where a naked bulb casts a cold, "Kyung-hee said that in her hometown, she’d been a theatre actor specialising in recitation Several times already now, she’d had the idea of visiting the houses she’d left behind. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. A Greater Music is the first in a line of steady and much-anticipated releases by Bae Suah from key indie presses (this one published by Open Letter). A hypnotic, disorienting story of parallel lives unfolding over a day and a night in the sweltering heat of Seoul's summerFor two years, twenty-eight-year-old Kim Ayami has … I absolutely loved it. Author: Bae Suah. She is concerned with providing a good one. Start by marking “Recitation” as Want to Read: Error rating book. She has also translated several books from the German, including works by W. G. Sebald, Franz Kafka, and Jenny Erpenbeck. This was not my kind of book. Bae Suah offers a complex psychological portrait in this highly intelligent, introspective novel. "―Sophie Hughes, Music & Literature. As such, I feel like I'm only reviewing the parts rather than the whole. Untold Night and Day book. Deborah Smith (Translator) Jonathan Cape has acquired a novel by Korean writer Bae Suah, Unknown Nights and Days, translated by International Man Booker-winning translator Deborah Smith. Looking for books by Bae Suah? She even goes on a multi-page rant on how pop culture revolts her : It felt a lot longer than it was. Large parts of the book came across as repetitive with the narrator seemingly namedropping authors and composers ad nauseam without making or providing any insight or proper connection with the narrative itself. "It is a challenging yet cognitively engaging and rewarding read. clock. Interested. January 24th 2017 As Recitation was the first book of hers I read, I love the parallelism here regarding the spoken word, but this time focusing mainly on music. For two years, twenty-eight-year-old Kim Ayami has worked at Seoul's only audio theatre for the blind. Rochester, New York. A ruminative read covering language, music, art, and love. Sometimes the way forward is cl. It's a hard read, but I did enjoy, especially as the meaning slowly came through at the end. I was particularly struck by the co-existence of multiple points of reference which couldn't co-exist in any traditional concept of narrative continuity or linear chronology, and how subtle the contradictions were. Really enjoyed this. Bae Suah is a South Korean author and translator. It reminded me of Wittgenstein's Mistress by David Markson. FICTION. It is the story of a Korean "recitation actress", Kyung-hee, who has spent her life traveling, often on foot, around the world. Free delivery worldwide on over 20 million titles. by Open Letter. This book taught me more about classical music than I cared knowing. The characters are limited and unlikeable. Deborah Smith's literary translations from the Korean include two novels by Han Kang (The Vegetarian and Human Acts), and … As such, I feel l. I enjoyed this book. It focuses on two romantic relationships she has while there, and the parts where she talks about M. are definitely the best parts of the novel. When I press my ear to your chest, I hear only wind and emptiness. So "Recitation" goes back on my books-to-be-read list and one day I'll take another stab at it. In this case, you're in a constant state of apathy and nihilism. The longest book I've read so far by Bae Suah; the structure seemed as though she wasn't quite adept yet at arranging a longer story. She peers through the window into the ground-floor flat, where a naked bulb casts a cold, orange light. if this book had a plot, I couldn't seem to find it, among all the reviews of other books, and metaphysical wanderings about the human condition. Her novels (Recitation, A Greater Music, Nowhere To Be Found) and stories (North Station, Highway with Green Apples, From Noin Ula) are influenced by the German authors she translates – including Kafka, W G Sebald and Jenny Erpenbeck, but also by the authors Clarice Lispecter and Borges, et al. I received Bae Suah’s novel as an Easter present. The second half of the book consists of the woman’s memories of her relationship with M some three years prior, and of the almost cruel way she ended their relationship by insisting on returning to Korea, even though her obligations in Korea were unclear. It discusses the way language sets up barriers, but also tears them down. A table, a cupboard. Heavily influenced by the German authors she's read and translated, Bae's stories combine elements of Korean and European storytelling in a … Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Discover Book Depository's huge selection of Bae Suah books online. It discusses the way language sets up barriers, but also tears them down. Really interesting writing, but I fundamentally disagree with Bae on the nature of mind. Large parts of the book came across as repetitive with the narrator seemingly namedropping authors and composers ad nauseam without making or providing any insight or proper connection with the narrative itself. She received the Hanguk Ilbo literary prize in 2003, and the Tongseo literary prize in 2004. Add to this th. A hypnotic, disorienting story of parallel lives unfolding over a day and a night in the sweltering heat of Seoul's summer. Looking for books by Bae Suah? Bae Suah and Deborah Smith on Tour! Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT. The author is also a translator from German, and the recounting of the main character's relationships and life in Europe was fascinating. She succeeds. Untold Night and Day was first published in Korea in 2013 and is the fourth of Bae Suah’s novels – which number more than a dozen – to be translated into English by Deborah Smith. Bae is known for her use of abrupt shifts in tense and perspective, sensitive yet straightforward expressions, and seemingly non sequitur sentences to unsettle and distance her readers. But considering this was her first book (I think) I have no complaints about what is truly an introspective and provocative masterpiece. 배수아 (Bae Suah)'s 2003 novel 에세이스트의 책상 (literally: Essayist's Desk) has been translated by the MBI winning Deborah Smith as A Greater Music. The last 60% of the book was a relatively good novel. Bae writes frequently and at length about music; some of the pieces I know and some of them are new to me. Welcome back. It's a hard read, but I did enjoy, especially as the meaning slowly came through at the end. Building off of the interest of 2016 Best Translated Book Award longlist nominee Nowhere to Be Found, Bae Suah … The narrator is an unnamed Korean, describing 2 periods of her life spent in Germany, 3 years apart. Korean author Bae Suah’s latest writing, although a collection of short stories, is equally as experimental, cutting-edge, and captivating as her novels. Bae Suah is one of the most highly acclaimed contemporary Korean authors; both an award-winning writer and translator. Unlike the original title, An essayist's desk, centered on the narrator, I, this title focuses on "Music" symbolizing changes in consciousness and mentality and "Language" connecting the relationship of I and M. 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