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The Old Garden

(2009)
(The Ancient Garden)
A novel by

 
 
Political prisoner Hyun Woo is freed after eighteen years to find no trace of the world he knew. The friends with whom he shared utopianist dreams are gone. His Seoul is unrecognizably transformed and aggressively modernized. Yoon Hee, the woman he loved, died three years ago. A broken man, he drifts toward a small house in Kalmoe, where he and Yoon Hee once stole a few fleeting months of happiness while fleeing the authorities. In the company of her diaries, he relives and reviews his life, trying to find meaning in the revolutionary struggle that consumed their youth-a youth of great energy and optimism, victim to implacable history.

Hyun Woo weighs the worth of his own life, spent in prison, and that of the strong-willed artist Yoon Hee, whose involvement in rebel groups took her to Berlin and the fall of the wall. With great poignancy, Hwang Sok-yong grapples with the immortal questions-the endurance of love, the price of a commitment to causes-while depicting a generation that sacrifi ced youth, liberty, and often life, for the dream of a better tomorrow.

Born in 1943, Hwang Sok-yong is a Korean writer of world renown and the recipient of numerous international awards and honors. His work, which grapples with the troubled recent history of his divided country, has been the cause of his imprisonment, his exile, and finally that rare achievement of a wide readership and appreciation in both North and South Korea. The Old Garden is, by the author's own admission, his most deeply auto biographical work.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"The most powerful voice in fiction in East Asia today." - Kenzaburo Ōe


Used availability for Hwang Sok-Yong's The Old Garden

Hardback Editions

September 2009 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Ancient Garden
Author(s): Hwang Sok-yong
ISBN: 0-330-45365-3 / 978-0-330-45365-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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September 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Old Garden
Author(s): Hwang Sok-Yong
ISBN: 1-58322-899-3 / 978-1-58322-899-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
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June 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Old Garden
Author(s): John D Wagner
ISBN: 1-58322-836-5 / 978-1-58322-836-4 (USA edition)
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April 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Old Garden
Author(s): Hwang Sok-Yong
ISBN: 1-58322-872-1 / 978-1-58322-872-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
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Paperback Editions

January 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Ancient Garden
Author(s): Sok-Yong
ISBN: 1-4472-6156-9 / 978-1-4472-6156-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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August 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Old Garden
Author(s): Hwang Sok-Yong
ISBN: 1-60980-406-6 / 978-1-60980-406-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
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March 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Ancient Garden
Author(s): Hwang Sok-yong
ISBN: 0-330-45366-1 / 978-0-330-45366-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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September 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Ancient Garden
Author(s): Hwang Sok-yong
ISBN: 0-330-45648-2 / 978-0-330-45648-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

August 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Old Garden
Author(s): Hwang Sok-Yong
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
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