Autobiography of Death

Autobiography of Death

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Overview

Kim Hyesoon’s poems “create a seething, imaginative under-and over-world where myth and politics, the everyday and the fabulous, bleed into each other” (Sean O’Brien, The Independent)

*Winner of The Griffin International Poetry Prize and the Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Award*

The title section of Kim Hyesoon’s powerful new book, Autobiography of Death, consists of forty-nine poems, each poem representing a single day during which the spirit roams after death before it enters the cycle of reincarnation. The poems not only give voice to those who met unjust deaths during Korea’s violent contemporary history, but also unveil what Kim calls “the structure of death, that we remain living in.” Autobiography of Death, Kim’s most compelling work to date, at once reenacts trauma and narrates our historical death—how we have died and how we survive within this cyclical structure. In this sea of mirrors, the plural “you” speaks as a body of multitudes that has been beaten, bombed, and buried many times over by history. The volume concludes on the other side of the mirror with “Face of Rhythm,” a poem about individual pain, illness, and meditation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811227346
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 11/27/2018
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 355,414
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Kim Hyesoon, born in 1955, is one of the most prominent and influential contemporary poets of South Korea. She was the first woman poet to receive the prestigious Kim Su-yong and Midang awards, and has been translated into Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, and Swedish. Her most recent books include I'm OK, I'm Pig! and Poor Love Machine.

Born in Seoul, Don Mee Choi is the author of Hardly War and The Morning News is Exciting. She is a recipient of a Whiting Award, Lannan Literary Fellowship, and Lucien Stryk Translation Prize.

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