No One Writes Back

Library of Korean Literature Series
Jang Eun-jin
Translated by Jung Yewon

Communication–or the lack thereof–is the subject of this sly update of the picaresque. No One Writes Back is the story of a young man who leaves home with only his blind dog, an MP3 player, and a book, traveling aimlessly for three years, from motel to motel, meeting people on the road. Rather than learn the names of his fellow travelers–or invent nicknames for them–he assigns them numbers. There’s 239, for example, who once dreamed of being a poet, but who now only reads her poems to a friend in a coma; there’s 109, who rides trains endlessly because of a broken heart; and 32, who’s already decided to commit suicide. The narrator writes letters to these men and women in the hope that he can console them in their various miseries, as well as keep a record of his own experiences: “A letter is like a journal entry for me, except that it gets sent to other people.” No one writes back, of course, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t some hope that one of them will, someday . . .

Library of Korean Literature, 10
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Translated by Jung Yewon
Publication: Library of Korean Literature Series
Volume: 10
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 199
ISBN-13: 978-1564789600
GTIN13: 1564789608
Publication date: 10/24/2013
Language: eng
List price: $16.00