BookBrowse Reviews Winter in Sokcho by Elisa Dusapin

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Winter in Sokcho

by Elisa Dusapin

Winter in Sokcho by Elisa Dusapin X
Winter in Sokcho by Elisa Dusapin
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    Apr 2021, 160 pages

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Written with restraint and deftly translated from the original French, this slim novel transports readers to the ice-blasted beaches of Sokcho, exploring the nature of perception and identity.

Our unnamed narrator is a young French-Korean woman who works at a guest house in Sokcho, a popular tourist spot that lies on the border between South and North Korea. Kerrand, a French graphic novelist, has come to stay at the guest house during the quiet winter season, hoping to find inspiration for his latest project. Each an outsider in their own way, the two form an unconventional bond as they explore the surrounding landscape together. This connection pushes both to ask themselves important questions about what they want from life.

Though ostensibly an off-beat romance, this is no sweeping love story. The author forgoes high drama in favor of something much more subtle; the true significance of the characters' interactions is often found in what is left unsaid. This is reflected in the prose itself, which feels very stripped back. Short, staccato sentences propel the story ...

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