Abiding Places: Korea South & North
Poetry. Translated from the Korean. In ABIDING PLACES, Korean poet Ko Un transfigures his homeland in lovely, observant, and penetrating poems uniting ancient and modern, secular and spiritual, art and politics, North and South. When his former political cellmate Kim Dae-Jung became president of South Korea in 1998, Ko Un became the first citizen from the South to be invited to tour the North. From that visit came this deceptively simple and deeply engaging book. Ko Un is Korea's most prolific living writer. He has published fifteen volumes of poetry and has twice won the prestigious Korean Literature Prize.
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