Autobiography of Death

Category: Book
Translated By: Choi, Don Mee
By (author): Hyesoon, Kim
Subject:  LITERARY CRITICISM / Asian / General
  POETRY / Asian / General
  POETRY / General
  POETRY / Women Authors
Publisher: WW Norton
Published: November 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in
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From The Publisher*The title section of Kim Hyesoon's powerful new book, Autobiography of Death, consists of forty-nine poems, each poem representing a single day during which the spirit roams after death before it enters the cycle of reincarnation. The poems not only give voice to those who met unjust deaths during Korea's violent contemporary history, but also unveil what Kim calls "the structure of death, that we remain living in." Autobiography of Death, Kim's most compelling work to date, at once reenacts trauma and narrates our historical death-how we have died and how we survive within this cyclical structure. In this sea of mirrors, the plural "you" speaks as a body of multitudes that has been beaten, bombed, and buried many times over by history. The volume concludes on the other side of the mirror with "Face of Rhythm," a poem about individual pain, illness, and meditation.
Review Quote*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

I first heard Kim Hyesoon at Poetry Parnassus...The birdlike Kim wove a pattern of poems, so strangely compelling and curious, and utterly unlike anything I had heard before. - Sasha Dugdale
Biographical NoteKim 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, Don Mee Choi is the author of Hardly War and The Morning News is Exciting. She is a recipient of a Whiting Award, Lannan Literary Fellowship, and Lucien Stryk Translation Prize.