I'm glad it was short. If you think it is right to kill :- •Your precious life,you are getting once,then kill yourself. I like nitty-gritty. Over-all, I have the right to destroy myself has been an exhilaratingly existential read. Harcourt/Harvest $12 (119p) ISBN 978-0-15-603080-9 Dreamlike and cinematic, I Have the Right to Destroy Myself is a brilliant demonstration of why Young-ha Kim is Korea s leading young literary master. by Young-Ha Kim ; translated by Chi-Young Kim ‧ RELEASE DATE: July 1, 2007. “The Death of Marat” symbolizes the end of the revolution through the death of a radical politician of the French Revolution, Marat. Given my effusive lust for Korean cinema, I was excited to find Young-Ha Kim's debut on a remainder table for two dollars. Kim Young-Ha’s ‘I have the right to destroy myself’ was a twisted new diversion in my reading. He coaches them and runs errands for them in order to make it happen. After overseeing their suicides, the protagonist goes on a trip and fictionalizes their short lives. Your not gonna change any of them by talkin' right, they've got to want to learn themselves, and when they don't want to learn there's nothing you can do but keep your mouth shut or talk their language. As critic Nam Jin-woo so aptly puts it, the death aesthetic of Kim Young-ha is a resistance against a world that has castrated death. I was a little confused by the characters, and the fact that this was translated kind of made me wonder what their original names were...like were C and K given those names because they can sound the same but look different (with K being more...harsh in comparison to the curved, simple C)? (Read: I can be such a book-snob sometimes.). The story features multiple narrators. I am trying to write a small, elegant, and cruel book myself (hey there, publishers!). Get this from a library! Just as madmen were alienated and institutionalized in the process of establishing modern social order, contemporary society was established by systematically excluding death from the masses’ metaphorical circulation. The suicide assistant would be a perfect role for Lee Byung-hun: shit, he's played variations on the role a number of times. Human beings have an obligation to more than just themselves. Young-Ha Kim is the author of the acclaimed I Have the Right to Destroy Myself and the award-winning Black Flower. People point out that it is quite disturbing, graphic, and often unpleasant. I knew this novel was going to uncover the themes of death and suicide, but I was quite surprised by the author's flair in capturing the sense of death for the characters as something both romantic and mysteriously desirous. I really enjoyed this book and its irreverent style. * Purpose The contemplation of art, life and death was interesting, yet not so deep as to drag the book down into a more philosophical tone. His books have appeared in more than twelve languages. Kim was a resident writer at the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program in 2003, and a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times from 2013 to 2014. "— Yes, it's not about puppies. And I'll never look at Chupa Chups the same way again. That said, this clumsy collision of art, death and ennui didn't move me. * Retention Period This undernourished story is intriguing, though only a germ of a novel. His novel shakes the dichotomous perception of reality vs. illusion and life vs. death to the core. "Othello does not kill Desdemona in jealousy, but in a conviction forced upon him by the almost superhuman art of Iago, such as any man must and would have entertained who had believed lago's honesty as Othello did. I almost felt like I should be offended by how the women were basically sex objects, but I wasn't. Answering your query [The narrator is a person who looks for people who may want to kill themselves and then he helps them do it. I have noticed with most of the suicidal people I have met (including myself at one point) that there is always something that drives suicide into their minds. This was just breathtakingly awful. Don't think many will like this though. Young-ha Kim is a young master, the leading literary voice of his generation. I have read books about serial killers, mass murderers, sexual sadists, and freaks. Given my effusive lust for Korean cinema, I was excited to find Young-Ha Kim's debut on a remainder table for two dollars. The suicide assistant would be a perfect role for Lee Byung-hun: shit, he's played variations on the role a number of times. All the characters did was have sex and kill themselves. I have typed a couple of sentences and deleted. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. I saw this on RA's to-read list so I decided to copy him. By Young-Ha Kim, translated by Chi-Young Kim. Young-Ha Kim's I Have the Right to Destroy Myself. Recalling the emotional tension of Milan Kundera and the existential anguish of Bret Easton Ellis, I Have the Right to Destroy Myself achieves its author's greatest wish--to show Korean literature as part of an international tradition. His career as a professional writer started in 1995 right after discharge when his short-story A Meditation On Mirror (Geoure daehan myeongsang) appeared in Review, and the following year, won the 1st New Writer's Award given by Munhak Dongne with the novel, I Have a Right to Destroy Myself (Naneun nareul pagoehal gwolliga itda). The narrator confused me a little bit, but I'm pretty sure that was intentional characterization of him as a spectre of death or whatever. If someone want to kill themselves, then they have the right to go and seek help. What I enjoyed about this book is that the author did not do much to particularly underscore his culture, thus resulting into a kind of all-inclusive story bare of any measured identity. Optional information: postal address, phone number (in case your query or request is related to postal delivery) The book is set in Seoul and deals with rather dark and uncomfortable issues. I had no idea what I was getting into when I started reading. If the book had been longer, I might have stopped reading it or skimmed through til the end. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published She’s dating K, a superspeed cab driver, but seduces his older brother C, who’s a video artist. everything was dark, man, dark. Don't get me wrong, my delicate sensibilities were still offended. (required for contacting the subscriber in case the post is returned without delivery) Welcome back. What resulted is actually more akin to a screenplay than any plumbing of the darkened corridors of the mind. I Have the Right to Destroy Myself is a multi-layered text, dominated by a nameless narrator who helps (or, more accurately, prods) people to commit suicide. Because there seemed to be an awareness of English in the book, since people were referenced as swearing in English and it was alluded to that only book. Young-ha Kim is a young master, the leading literary voice of his generation. But not in a feminist-y way. Afterwards, it was disappointing. July 2nd 2007 social isolation in the big city, the usual sort of thing. Three times now. Until cancellation of subscription Delivering KLN to the subscriber Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for I Have the Right to Destroy Myself by Young-ha Kim (2007, Trade Paperback) at the best online prices … can anyone tell me what's the main topic of this book? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. But as many scholars point out, contemporary civilization built on the “death of death” is in reality ruled over by the culture of death. Or is that just me reading too much into it. I'm writing about French art and suicide...that's what sophisticated authors write about...just ask everybody!". I HAVE THE RIGHT TO DESTROY MYSELF. hooray for south korean fiction! It's not ladylike -- in the second place, folks don't like to have someone around knowin' more than they do. They also represent the themes of the novel, end of the revolution, eroticism, and bio-politics. Looking over other people's reviews, I'm kind of annoyed. “Judith,” which depicts Judith smiling with Holofernes’ severed head in her hands, is a reference to Georges Bataille’s concept of eroticism, namely the ecstasy felt in close approximation of death. “Death of Sardanapalus,” which depicts Sardanapalus killing his courtesans before the fall of Babylon, is a metaphor for the bio-political situation in contemporary society where the matter of an individual’s death is subject to government rule. The protagonist gave advice on her suicide as well. Big mistake! Then you’ll know what you done and you can hold up the crime to the punishment and see do they match and in the end you’ll have something to prove you ain’t been treated right. The novel poses the question: If humans desire life, couldn’t they also desire death, which is a part of life? So far as I’m concerned the front-cover blurb from Han Ong bore no relation whatsoever to the book I read: Small, elegant, and cruel, this is the sort of book I treasure. 9780547540535, Toronto Public Library And if someone asks me the kind of question I myself might pose, I can tell he's lonely.” ― Young-Ha Kim, I Have the Right to Destroy Myself Wow! And cite that as a reason for it being bad. I Have the Right to Destroy Myself. Two women succeed in killing themselves. •Your parents pain , suffering,dreams and struggle they have gone through just for you,then kill yourself. Kim triggers a progressive imagination that breaks “normalcy” apart by smuggling death back into the territory of contemporary society. Whether it be your grades or your relationships or maybe your past, there's always something. 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