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Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982

A Novel

by Cho Nam-joo, Jamie Chang

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Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-joo, Jamie Chang
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    Apr 2020, 176 pages
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    Mar 2021, 176 pages

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Under the crushing weight of a misogynist society, one woman in South Korea begins to imitate the voices of other women she has known throughout her life, causing her husband to seek psychiatric help for her.

"Kim Jiyoung is thirty-three years old, thirty-four Korean age. She got married three years ago and had a daughter last year. […] Jiyoung's abnormal behavior was first detected on 8 September."

So begins Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982, Cho Nam-Joo's daring excavation of a young woman crumbling under the strain of unrelenting misogyny, which has sold over a million copies in its native South Korea. Jiyoung (the Korean naming convention places a person's family name before their given name), an average, unremarkable woman, one day begins to imitate the voices of other women she has known throughout her life—a phenomenon neither she nor her husband can explain, which prompts them to visit a psychiatrist.

Kim Jiyoung's psychosis, while a compelling hook, ultimately takes a backseat after the first few pages and isn't revisited until the novel's end. After the reader is introduced ...

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