Winter in Sokcho (Paperback)

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A contemplative novel set near the North Korean border, "Winter in Sokcho" centers on a woman working at a boardinghouse and a French cartoonist who comes to stay there. Lovely.

— Suzanna

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2021 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER FOR TRANSLATED LITERATURE

As if Marguerite Duras wrote Convenience Store Woman--a beautiful, unexpected novel from a debut French Korean author

It's winter in Sokcho, a tourist town on the border between South and North Korea. The cold slows everything down. Bodies are red and raw, the fish turn venomous, beyond the beach guns point out from the North's watchtowers. A young French Korean woman works as a receptionist in a tired guesthouse. One evening, an unexpected guest arrives: a French cartoonist determined to find inspiration in this desolate landscape.


The two form an uneasy relationship. When she agrees to accompany him on trips to discover an "authentic" Korea, they visit snowy mountaintops and dramatic waterfalls, and cross into North Korea. But he takes no interest in the Sokcho she knows--the gaudy neon lights, the scars of war, the fish market where her mother works. As she's pulled into his vision and taken in by his drawings, she strikes upon a way to finally be seen.

An exquisitely-crafted debut, which won the Prix Robert Walser, Winter in Sokcho is a novel about shared identities and divided selves, vision and blindness, intimacy and alienation. Elisa Shua Dusapin's voice is distinctive and unmistakable.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781948830416
ISBN-10: 1948830418
Publisher: Open Letter
Publication Date: April 27th, 2021
Pages: 160
Language: English