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Busan Biennale 2020


KIM Soom Green Is for Sorrow

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관리자 2020-09-15 18:09

 

Green Is for Sorrow

This story deals with the issue of ‘Comfort Women sex slaves by the Imperial Japanese Army in occupied countries and territories before and during World War II. Two months after World War II and the Japanese surrendering, the main character is heading to Busan to find friends she met at the comfort facilities. For some reason, they choose to wound up at the restaurant, called Midorimachi in Nampo-dong area of Busan, a red-light district filled with restaurants. The main character came back to her family and they believe she has been working as a nurse for the past 7 years; she cannot reveal her truth that in fact, she had to sleep with Japanese soldiers. While walking, Midorimachi is reminded of her of her friend called Green, and what she had to go through. Finally, she finds her friend but it feels very distant. Her friend is making living by cooking and serving drinks.

KIM Soom, Novelist

KIM Soom is a novelist born in Ulsan, Korea in 1974. In 1997, she won the Daejeon Ilbo New Writers’ Award for On Slowness and the Munhakdongne New Writer Award for Time in the Middle Ages in 1998. She has published full-length novels including, Iron, To Abandon the Yellow Dong, Women and Their Evolving Enemies, Sewing Woman, L’s Sneakers, One LeftFlowing LetterWhen Has a Soldier Wanted to Be an Angel?, Sublime is Looking Inward and Are you living as you, and short story collections including Bed, Liver and GallbladderYour God, I’ve never seen a goat and Could I Ever Touch a Tree. She received numerous awards including, the Dong Ri Literary Award, Yi Sang Literary Award, Hyundae Literary Award, Daesan Literary Award, and Heo Gyun Literary Writer Award.

 

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