One Hundred Shadows
A shape-shifting tale of two young people in the dark underside of contemporary South Korea, One Hundred Shadows is an oblique, hard-edged and offbeat novella set in a slum electronics market in central Seoul. Here, the awkward, tentative relationship between Eun-gyo and Mujae is made yet more uncertain by their economic circumstances, while their matter-of-fact discussion of a strange recent development – the shadows of the slum’s inhabitants have started to ‘rise’ – leaves the reader to make up their own mind as to the nature of this fantastical tale. Hwang’s spare prose is illuminated by arresting images, quirky dialogue and moments of great lyricism, crafting a deeply affecting novel of perfectly calibrated emotional restraint.
- One Hundred Shadows is of free-wheeling prose and full of fantasy
- Handpicked by the exceptional Han Kang as South Korea's rising literary star
- Beautifully translated by Jung Yewon
“The tone of Hwang Jungeun's prose shifts like a living being, from intimate to aloof, translated with shimmering lucidity by Jung Yewon.” — Helen Oyeyemi
“The technical skill and emotional authenticity are phenomenal. Hwang's strange, spare prose is deceptively powerful, haunting the reader and compelling them to care.” — Kirstin Zhang