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Published: April 11, 2023


ISBN: 9781953861146
This item will be released on April 11, 2023.


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Book Description

Whale, set in a remote village in South Korea, follows the lives of three linked characters: Geumbok, an extremely ambitious woman who has been chasing an indescribable thrill ever since she first saw a whale crest in the ocean; her mute daughter, Chunhui, who communicates with elephants; and a one-eyed woman who controls honeybees with a whistle. Brimming with surprises and wicked humor, Whale is an adventure-satire of epic proportions by one of the most original voices in South Korea.

Whale has leaped over the boundaries of a novel and entered a new space.
Shin Su-jeong

A novel that seduces.
JoongAng Ilbo

A peerless work devoted to telling a powerful story and lauded for expanding Korean literature into new dimensions.
The Hankyoreh

[Whale] redefines what fiction can be.
The Kyunghyang Sinmun

Whale overflows with freshness. That's what makes it special.

There has never been a novel like this in Korean literature ... A novel that's more like reading out loud than reading quietly to oneself; its structure is like that of a folktale. You can feel the oral tradition in the rhythm of the sentences.
Lee Dong-jin