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Familiar Things

(2017)
A novel by

 
 
Seoul. On the outskirts of South Korea's glittering metropolis is a place few people know about: a vast landfill site called Flower Island. Home to those driven from the city by poverty, is it here that 14-year-old Bugeye and his mother arrive, following his father's internment in a government 're-education camp'.

Living in a shack and supporting himself by weeding recyclables out of the refuse, at first Bugeye's life on Flower Island is hard. But then one night he notices mysterious lights around the landfill. And when the ancient spirits that still inhabit the island's landscape reveal themselves to him, Bugeye's luck begins to change - but can it last?

Vibrant and enchanting, Familiar Things depicts a society on the edge of dizzying economic and social change, and is a haunting reminder to us all to be careful of what we throw away.

PRAISE FOR HWANG SOK-YONG

'Hwang Sok-yong is one of the most read Korean writers in his country, and best known abroad. An activist for democracy and reconciliation with the North, in his books he melds his political fights with the Korean cultural imagination.' Le Monde

Genre: Literary Fiction

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July 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Familiar Things
Author(s): Hwang Sok-yong
ISBN: 1-911617-19-2 / 978-1-911617-19-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Scribe UK
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May 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Familiar Things
Author(s): Hwang Sok-yong
ISBN: 1-947534-04-1 / 978-1-947534-04-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribe US
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June 2017 : Australia Paperback
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Title: Familiar Things
Author(s): Hwang Sok-yong
ISBN: 1-925228-99-1 / 978-1-925228-99-1 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Scribe UK
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May 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Familiar Things
Author(s): Hwang Sok-Yong
ISBN: 1-902932-65-X / 978-1-902932-65-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Periscope Press
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Kindle Editions

April 2017 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Familiar Things
Author(s): Hwang Sok-yong
Publisher: Scribe
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