· From the writings of the author Kyung-sook Shin ·
“One night,”Professor Yoon tells his
Professor Yoon paused
and looked around the room and asked his speechless students: Are you
Christopher or are you the child? The scene is taken from the novel I’ll be right there by Kyung-sook Shin. It’s a story about the memory of a distant
friendship between three young girls, conceived as a response to the struggles
of a young generation to find its place at a time when
The story of Christopher is only a flash, but it leaves an interesting brushstroke. For as though illumined from behind there shines forth from the pages of Kyung-sook Shin a country touched by Christianity in its encounter (sometimes successful, sometimes less) with the traditional Korean society.
The first woman and the first Korean to win the Man Asian Literary Prize, the most prestigious award on her continent, Kyung-sook Shin became famous in the literary world with the novel Please look after Mom, which tells the story of a family whose mother,afflicted with Alzheimer’s, goes missing.
The brushstrokes here are wonderful. Once the faint traces of the old woman have disappeared, the youngest daughter, passing through Rome and having bought the rosary that her mother had asked for a long time ago, goes to pray at St. Peter’s. “Please look after Mom”: in a city that has nothing in common with the story of her mother, the daughter is finally able to utter her cry of pain before the Pieta, by turning to the Mother holding in her arms her Son who has died.
Standing before her who does what no mother should ever have to do, the daughter discovers the ability to trust.(giulia galeotti)
St. Peter’s Square
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