I Went to See My Father (Paperback)
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Published: 14/03/2024
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'A powerful, elegant page-turner' J.M. Lee

'Gentle yet piercing' Kirkus Reviews

After losing her daughter in a tragic accident, Hon returns to her childhood home in the Korean countryside to look after her elderly father. There, the discovery of a chest of letters compels her to piece together the violent, vibrant story of his life.

More than just a portrait of one man, I Went to See My Father asks us to look at the ones we love, uncover the secrets they keep, and finally see who they really are.

Affectionate, epic, joyous and lasting, this is the perfect follow-up to beloved classic Please Look After Mother.

Translated by Anton Hur

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781399611732
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

This is a book which reminds us that we all suffer from the same wounds, that no individual is free from the pains of their geography and that the greatest losses can only be healed where they all begin - Defne Suman

A book that makes you hurt all over and smile at the same time. The experience being shared is so immediately relatable, so universal yet Korean, so beautiful and powerful at the same time - Kim Hyesoon

I Went to See My Father features the author's hallmark emotional richness combined with a precision of language that pierces the soul. Just as Shin's Please Look After Mother gives a voice to the forgotten mother, this novel vividly shows the father as a figure whom we often overlook. Shin guides us on a journey of heartache to literary catharsis - Sang Young Park

Shin threads together a lyrical family drama and the multi-layered spectrum of Korean history in a compelling epic. It is not only a story of love and pain between father and daughter, but of how memories can heal tragic wounds and restore damaged relationships. A powerful, elegant, page-turner - J.M. Lee

Gentle yet piercing . . . [I Went to See My Father is a] sensitively crafted family portrait that's both specific and universal and, above all, humane - Kirkus Reviews

Once more, Shin masterfully glides between quotidian details and astounding feats of survival revealed through multiple voices (older brothers, their mother, a wartime friend) and formats (letters, recordings, long chat messages) to create another universally empathic masterpiece - Terry Hong, Booklist, starred review

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“Heart-wrenching, beautiful, another tour de force by Kyung-Sook Shin!”

I Went To See My Father [아버지에게 갔었어] is the third novel by Shin Kyung-Sook [신경숙] translated by Anton Hur. It follows Hon–Honnie–, who returns to J– two years after the death of her daughter to take care of her father... More

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