Gabriel Sylvian Writer in Focus Gabriel Sylvian: After reading "The Strawberry Field" for the first time, I knew I wanted to translate it to let English-language readers get a sense of the intricacy and beauty of the original. What was the response of Korean readers to the work when it first came out in the year 2000? Shin Kyung Sook: It was publicized as being quite a different work from the things I had previously written. My works until that time had been noted for their lack of sex scenes between lovers, but "The Strawberry Field" contains strong sexual images. One critic quoted a passage from one of the love scenes in "The Strawberry Field" and said it would be long remembered as one of the most beautifully written love scenes in Korean literature. That pleased me very much. Some people said they'd barely recognized the work as mine. "The Strawberry Field" is set in the context of 1980s Korea. The narrator is reflecting back on the period of military dictatorship when she grew up. The adolescent lives cast into the midst of oppression and violence during the 1980s, which is the environment that the "I" in the
Azalea: Journal of Korean Literature & Culture – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Jan 28, 2008
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