The End of August

The End of August

The following is from Yu Miri's End of August . A Korean in Japanese, Yu Miri has with over twenty books to her name. She received Japan's most prestigious literary award, the Akutagawa Prize, and her novel, Tokyo Ueno Station , also translated by Morgan Giles, won the 2020 National Book Award for Translated Literature. After the earthquake and tsunami in Fukushima, she relocated there and has opened a bookstore and theatre space. Morgan Giles is a literary translator. She lives in London. Widely seen as her most ambitious, most personal work, The End of August is a spellbinding multigenerational saga based on Yu Miri's family history: Set in 1930s Japanese-occupied Korea, her grandfather was a running prodigy and a contender for the Tokyo Olympics who would have had to run under the Japanese flag. The was deemed too controversial for print when it was first serialized in Japan in the early 2000s for its depiction of the injustices Koreans experienced under Japanese rule. A groundbreaking feat of translation, The End of August is a structurally adventurous novel comprised in part of fragmented sentences, dialogue written as if from a play, and streams of consciousness. Lost Faces and the Sound of Countless Footsteps | 잃어버린 얼굴과 무수한 발소리 | 失われた顔と無数の足音 | Running the riverside but there's no sound of water no sound of wind the water and wind are both pretending they're not there all I can hear is the sound of my breathing in‑hale ex‑hale in‑hale ex‑hale my breath is a whip in my heart a red horse running around inside me each drop of sweat becomes a shout and is shaken off I'm shouting no I'm not I'm singing my bones are Korean my blood is Korean this blood these bones will live in Korea will die in Korea and be part of Korea the song spurs my legs on faster faster there is no pain under my left kneecap nor from the blister on the fourth toe of my left foot now! there is only now pull ahead right now if my mother […]

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