I Have the Right to Destroy Myself
A “mesmerizing” novel of a love triangle and a mysterious disappearance in South Korea (Booklist).
In the fast-paced, high-urban landscape of Seoul, C and K are brothers who have fallen in love with the same woman—Se-yeon—who tears at both of them as they all try desperately to find real connection in an atomized world. A spectral, nameless narrator haunts the edges of their lives as he tells of his work helping the lost and hurting find escape through suicide. Dreamlike and beautiful, the South Korea brought forth in this novel is cinematic in its urgency and its reflection of contemporary life everywhere—far beyond the boundaries of the Korean peninsula. Recalling the emotional tension of Milan Kundera and the existential anguish of Bret Easton Ellis, I Have the Right to Destroy Myself achieves its author's greatest wish—to show Korean literature as part of an international tradition. Young-ha Kim is a young master, the leading literary voice of his generation.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - JasonBrownPDX - LibraryThing
i have read books about serial killers, mass murderers, sexual sadists, and freaks. I have never run across a book about someone who assists others commit suicide. Kim Young-Ha’s ‘I have the right to ... Read full review
I HAVE THE RIGHT TO DESTROY MYSELFUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Alienation, ennui and self-destruction are perceived as artistic creations in this icy 1996 novel, its Korean author's first in English translation.The interactions, thoughts and fantasies of four ... Read full review