Autobiography of Death

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$16.95  $15.59
Publisher
New Directions Publishing Corporation
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Pages
128
Dimensions
6.0 X 8.9 X 0.4 inches | 0.35 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780811227346

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About the Author

Kim Hyesoon, born in 1955, is one of the most prominent and influential contemporary poets of South Korea. She was the first woman poet to receive the prestigious Kim Su-yong and Midang awards, and has been translated into Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, and Swedish. Her most recent books include I'm OK, I'm Pig! and Poor Love Machine.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Don Mee Choi is the author of the National Book Award winning collection DMZ Colony (Wave Books, 2020), Hardly War (Wave Books, 2016), The Morning News Is Exciting (Action Books, 2010), and several chapbooks and pamphlets of poems and essays. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, MacArthur Fellowship, Whiting Award, Lannan Literary Fellowship, Lucien Stryk Translation Prize, and DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Fellowship. She has translated several collections of Kim Hyesoon's poetry, including Autobiography of Death (New Directions, 2018), which received the 2019 International Griffin Poetry Prize.

Reviews

Kim Hyesoon is Korea's most important living poet and by far its most imaginative writer.--Bruce Fulton, Young-Bin Min Chair in Korean Literature, University of British Columbia
In forty-nine poems, each representing a day, Kim captures death's cycle between life and reincarnation: pages filled with wings and shadows, female laughter and weeping, bloody rabbits and dead mothers.--Madeline Vardell (12/10/2018)
Questions of the agency and effects of death, in both individual and mass tragedies, are central to this extraordinary collective elegy from Kim...This is Choi's sixth masterly translation of Kim, and it fully reveals the startling architecture Kim develops to display structural horrors, individual loss, and the links between them.-- (10/15/2018)
The birdlike Kim wove a pattern of poems, so strangely compelling and curious, and utterly unlike anything I had heard before.--Sasha Dugdale (10/15/2018)
In the grievous wake of the Sewol Ferry incident of 2014, the Korean poet Kim Hyesoon composed a cycle of forty-nine poems--one for each day the dead must await reincarnation--to produce a harrowing work of shock, outrage, and veneration for the children lost to this disaster. Through Don Mee Choi's extraordinary translations, we hear the clamorous registers of Hyesoon's art--a transnational collision of shamanism, Modernism, and feminism--yield 'a low note no one has ever sung before.' That otherworldly tone may sound like life itself, the poet sings, 'for even death can't enter this deep inside me.'-- (04/24/2019)
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