Les Touristes du désastre
Les Touristes du désastre
TJacques Batilliot,JEONG JIN EUN
The Disaster Touristis a trim near-future speculative novel from Yun Ko-eun, the first of her novels to be translated and published in English. Ko Yona, our protagonist, has been an employee of the travel company Jungle for around ten years; Jungle creates “ethical” vacation packages to locations of catastrophe. Tsunami, earthquakes, volcanoes, radiation, prisons and asylums, mass killings: the humans involved and the sites of their trauma become the consumables offered in trade for tourists seeking that authentic experience and a bit of moral righteousness to assuage the guilt of rubbernecking.
Yun Ko-eun'sThe Disaster Tourist(2020) follows a travel company in Korea, named Jungle, which specialises in guided tours to areas that have been struck by natural disaster in the recent past. Published originally in 2013 in Korean, the novel has been newly translated into English by Lizzie Buehler. The protagonist, Yona Ko, who has spent most of her twenties and early thirties working at Jungle, is one of the curators of these unorthodox travel experiences.
Following a spate of recent fiction considering the strange intersection of our work and leisure lives – novels such as Ling Ma’s apocalyptic satire Severance and Sayaka Murata’s oddly affecting Convenience Store Woman – The Disaster Tourist offers up another fresh and sharp story about life under late capitalism.
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Experimenting with the Imagination: Hwang Jung-eun, Kim Tae-yong, Pyun Hye-Young, Yun Ko-eun, and Han Yujoo ByJung Yeo-ulon Nov 01 2014 00:08:55 Vol.12 Summer 2011 Prologue: Young Writers Examine Korean Society After the Democratization Movement Young Korean writers who have emerged in the 21st century charm readers through their imagination and literary experimentation. Hwang Jung-eun, Pyun Hye-young, Kim Tae-yong, and Han Yujoo represent the group of young writers who have overturned the unwavering tradition of realism in Korean literature. These writers experiment with narrative in unusual ways and create works that are unconventional compared to a traditional Korean narrative. Depicting a multifaceted portrait of Korean society where “structural democracy” is permitted but “democracy in practice” is still miles away, the writers render characters fighting against the “desire to consume,” which takes hold of the masses with a powerful influence no match for democracy. 1. Hwang Jung-eun: Chased to the Periphery of the City For Hwang Jung-eun’s wretched characters, survival is such a pressing issue that democracy is the least of their problems. With real estate prices through the roof and the cost of living changing daily in a metropolis, especially in Seoul, one has to first and foremost survive in the struggle to secure a living space. The winds of redevelopment tear through the city under the guise of “designing a stylish city.” The laws of capitalism continue to push for something newer and more efficient, and the majority who cannot stay on top of these trends must suffer under the high cost of living and housing. In “One Hundred Shadows,” Hwang Jung-eun gives us shrewd commentary on a ruthless society that defines someone’s neighborhood as a trivializing “slum:” “Don’t they simply label the area “slum” because it’s an area to be leveled at some point, and things get too complicated if you think of it in terms of someone’s livelihood or living space?” Can we violently label a space where someone eats, sleeps, and raises children with the term, “slum?” Society has too easily integrated the term into its vocabulary and “othered” the space referred to as such, because the slums are nothing more than future sites for fancy apartment complexes, where even the memories of the so-called slums will disappear without a trace.
Across South Korea, there is an ongoing literary revolution. Radical, exciting and insightful authors are emerging and producing stellar pieces of fiction that relate to our contemporary anxieties concerning modern day life in unique means. Recently published in English, Yun Ko-eun’s debut to English-reading audiences is a surprisingly nostalgic-filled tale of a harassed and unappreciated travel agent in Seoul. She works for an agency that specialises in designing tours appealing to those with a taste for dark tourism. At times a critique on capitalism and at other times a charming reminder of how exciting it can be to escape, perhaps more relevant in our current times,The Disaster Touristis a warming and revealing story. It not only showcases the potential of the author, but also probes us to question our own habits.
Loosely based on a traditional Korean myth, Kim cinematically recreates the process in which the Arang myth came about. Using metafictive devices to bring the characters of the original myth to life, the characters act as if they were playing themselves in a movie directed by the author. In this sense, the author borrows the language of film in t...
These city people who follow trends like others, as others do, afraid of what others might think, are becoming increasingly accustomed to a uniform life, dream, and tastes. 4. Yun Ko-eun: A Lighthearted Imagination The moon suddenly becoming two and the Earth multiplying to six Earths, a school that teaches people how to eat alone, a fortunetelle...
저자 : Hwang Jungeun, Kim Tae-yong, Pyun Hye Young, Yun Ko-eun, Han Yujoo
Disasters are unfortunate events faced by humanity. With disasters claiming tens of thousands of lives, some regard them as a kind of message or sign. Disasters are also sometimes referred to as the final judgment. Travelers of the Night , a novel by Yun Ko-eun, takes this belief one step further. The book introduces characters who perceive disas...
저자 : Yun Ko-eun
Yun Ko-eun has a brilliant imagination that shatters readers' prejudices. This attribute is reflected in the author's first story collection, Table for One . Things that do not exist in real life, whose existence is nevertheless oddly appropriate, appear in this novel as though they are the most natural things.
저자 : Yun Ko-eun
In the 21st century, Korean society has been roaring with praise for the imagination brilliant ideas that do away with the tedium of everyday life, keen insight in predicting the future, and the boldness to change reality through imagination. Imagination is considered the panacea for the lethargy of society at large, as well as the key for the ed...
저자 : Yun Ko-eun