Author: Park Kyong-ni
Translators: Choonwon Kang, et. al.
Order No. 1018
5.5 x 8.5, Paperback
320 pages, 2004
20% off: $15.16
“A treasury of nuanced detail and a delicately textured
portrait of [the Korean] society.”
Songsu Kim is orphaned when his father runs
away from home and her mother takes poison. Raised by his
uncle, he inherits the family pharmacy and later invests in
a small fishing fleet. He marries Punshi of his uncle's choosing
and has five daughters, but curse is the undercurrent of their
lives - the eldest daughter by an allegation of baby murder;
the second daughter by a failed love affair; the third by
insanity resulting from her shameless pursuit of personal
happiness; and the fourth by a grave misfortune at sea. Intriguing
and engaging, The Curse of Kim's Daughters takes a fascinating
look at the vast evolution of the Korean society in the first
half of the 20th century.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in 1926, Park Kyong-ni is one of the most
accomplished writers in Korea. Park is best known for her
voluminous novel Land (1994), which is a powerful rendition
of one family's saga through Korea's dark history in the first
half of the 20th century. Her other major works include A
Floating Island (1959), The Curse of Kim's Daughters
(1962), and The Marketplace and the Battlefield (1964).
She is currently at work on a new novel called Butterfly.