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A Dwarf Launches a Little Ball


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Product Details
language: English
made in: South Korea
case: Safe Box

Paperback: 84 pages.
Dimensions(in inches): 0.27X7.51X4.72
Author: Cho, Se-hui
Publisher: Jimoondang
Weight(g): 94g

Translated by Chun Kyung-ja The novel has been continuously selling well since it was first published in 1976, having been reprinted 150 times over the past 24 years. It was on the reading list of student and labor movement activists back in the 1970s and 1980s. The novel allegorically deals with social problems resulting from the mixture of rapid industrialization and a dictatorial military government, and provides a very good insight into what the recent past of the Korean society was like. The dwarf, head of a poverty-stricken family, thinks that he has to leave for the moon, because his world doesnt allow him to live the way he wants no matter how hard he tries. Then he climbs up a chimney to fly to the moon and dies there. The dwarfs son narrates the situations in a calm and candid tone. Whats noteworthy about the novel is that the situation it symbolically depicts is the present, not the past, for many underdeveloped countries in Asia and Africa. The following is an excerpt. "Those who dwell in heaven have no occasion to concern themselves with hell. But since the five of us lived in the hell, we dreamed of heaven: not a day passed without thoughts of heaven. Each and every day was an ordeal. Our life was like a war. Everyday we lost the battle." , By Cho Se-hui Translated by Chun Kyung-ja The novel has been continuously selling well since it was first published in 1976, having been reprinted 150 times over the past 24 years. It was on the reading list of student and labor movement activists back in the 1970s and 1980s. The novel allegorically deals with social problems resulting from the mixture of rapid industrialization and a dictatorial military government, and provides a very good insight into what the recent past of the Korean society was like. The dwarf, head of a poverty-stricken family, thinks that he has to leave for the moon, because his world doesn't allow him to live the way he wants no matter how hard he tries. Then he climbs up a chimney to fly to the moon and dies there. The dwarf's son narrates the situations in a calm and candid tone. What's noteworthy about the novel is that the situation it symbolically depicts is the present, not the past, for many underdeveloped countries in Asia and Africa. The following is an excerpt. "Those who dwell in heaven have no occasion to concern themselves with hell. But since the five of us lived in the hell, we dreamed of heaven: not a day passed without thoughts of heaven. Each and every day was an ordeal. Our life was like a war. Everyday we lost the battle."


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