Always. Terms of Service Agreement "Othello does not kill Desdemona in jealousy, but in a conviction forced upon him by the almost superhuman art of Iago, such as any man must and would have entertained who had believed lago's honesty as Othello did. I love the almost banal quality Kim gives to his sex scenes, even if I don't always believe the women he depicts exist in real life. She’s dating K, a superspeed cab driver, but seduces his older brother C, who’s a video artist. Subscriber’s name, postal address, email, and phone number I have read books about serial killers, mass murderers, sexual sadists, and freaks. I think this book needs more than one reading to really make sense. Perhaps. Someone who lives for nothing is capable of anything, while someone dedicated to an ideal is vulnerable because they have something to lose. I HAVE THE RIGHT TO DESTROY MYSELF. So far as I’m concerned the front-cover blurb from Han Ong bore no relation whatsoever to the book I read: Small, elegant, and cruel, this is the sort of book I treasure. She has car sex with C during a snowstorm one day and disappears without a trace. The novel poses the question: If humans desire life, couldn’t they also desire death, which is a part of life? Refresh and try again. This kind of thinking is shallow and stupid. Death Reborn: I Have the Right to Destroy Myself by Kim Young-ha. Harcourt/Harvest $12 (119p) ISBN 978-0-15-603080-9 I am trying to write a small, elegant, and cruel book myself (hey there, publishers!). 9780547540535, Toronto Public Library His head is wrapped in a towel, like a … 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. July 2nd 2007 Kim lives in Busan, South Korea. This was just breathtakingly awful. The book is set in Seoul and deals with rather dark and uncomfortable issues. Asking for Uncle Jack to be fair with her also shows that her sense of right and wrong is well-developed, even if she’s not fully aware of how her world functions. Then you’ll know what you done and you can hold up the crime to the punishment and see do they match and in the end you’ll have something to prove you ain’t been treated right. [The narrator is a person who looks for people who may want to kill themselves and then he helps them do it. “The Death of Marat” symbolizes the end of the revolution through the death of a radical politician of the French Revolution, Marat. YOUNG-HA KIM is the author of seven novels—four published in the United States, including the acclaimed I Have the Right to Destroy Myself and the award-winning Black Flower—and five short-story collections.He has won every major Korean literature award, and his works have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Given my effusive lust for Korean cinema, I was excited to find Young-Ha Kim's debut on a remainder table for two dollars. Two women succeed in killing themselves. * Retention Period However, in that case you cannot have the magazine delivered to you. People point out that it is quite disturbing, graphic, and often unpleasant. Whether it be your grades or your relationships or maybe your past, there's always something. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. You have the right to disagree to the collection and use of your personal information. Welcome back. The Giver knows doing the right thing is not always respected, and can make one easier to control. Just as madmen were alienated and institutionalized in the process of establishing modern social order, contemporary society was established by systematically excluding death from the masses’ metaphorical circulation. Required information: name, email Can’t our desires advance beyond life and reach the realm of death? Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published If someone want to kill themselves, then they have the right to go and seek help. Young-ha Kim is a young master, the leading literary voice of his generation. I like nitty-gritty. See all 4 questions about I Have the Right to Destroy Myself…, Fiction by Korean Authors and/or Containing Korean Characters, I Have the Right to Destroy Myself by Young-Ha Kim - 1 Star, A Debut Novelist's 2020 Reading that Mirrors Our Timeline. And if someone asks me the kind of question I myself might pose, I can tell he's lonely.” ― Young-Ha Kim, I Have the Right to Destroy Myself Kim Young-ha’s I Have the Right to Destroy Myself (1996) connects reality and illusion and life and death in the way a Mobius strip creates a curved surface with an indistinguishable inside and outside. It exposes a reduced view, in order to bring focus to certain aspects, and this act is self-identified within the novel itself: As Michel Foucault pointed out, contemporary society is founded on the Lacanian foreclosure that has its roots in reason and power. Dreamlike and cinematic, I Have the Right to Destroy Myself is a brilliant demonstration of why Young-ha Kim is Korea s leading young literary master. I Have the Right To Destroy Myself by Young-Ha Kim Translated by Chi-Young Kim A Harvest Original/Harcourt 2007 (1996) Trade Paperback 119 pages Fiction. The contemplation of art, life and death was interesting, yet not so deep as to drag the book down into a more philosophical tone. I have the right to destroy myself. I have noticed with most of the suicidal people I have met (including myself at one point) that there is always something that drives suicide into their minds. Human beings have an obligation to more than just themselves. And I love the title. I said long ago, you get a signature and sign everything you do and keep a copy of it. The ice cold, passionless sex scenes were a joy to read. The protagonist asks , borrowing Shakespeare’s words, “Then is it sin to rush to the secret house of death ere death dare come to us?”. He's a somewhat twisted angel of mercy, seeking out candidates and nudging them towards the deed, convincing them that suicide is the way to go. Kim Young-ha’s I Have the Right to Destroy Myself (1996) connects reality and illusion and life and death in the way a Mobius strip creates a curved surface with an indistinguishable inside and outside. All three paintings have death motifs and function as the subconscious cause and object of the narrator, Mimi, and Judith’s fascination with death as an aesthetic. And cite that as a reason for it being bad. A good story, cleverly told, and one that will prove very entertaining to a casual reader as well as a critical one. It's one of those artsy-fartsy novels with no plot. She kills herself in a planned gas explosion with the help of the narrator. All the characters did was have sex and kill themselves. Kim triggers a progressive imagination that breaks “normalcy” apart by smuggling death back into the territory of contemporary society. (required for contacting the subscriber in case the post is returned without delivery) Because there seemed to be an awareness of English in the book, since people were referenced as swearing in English and it was alluded to that only books written in English were valuable. Afterwards, it was disappointing. They are solitary souls, prone to introspection, who have really grappled with their existence. 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. This novel is an act of summary about human lives, as all novels are. That somehow, we are urged by this desire to destroy ourselves in order to uncover something that seems unreachable, far, far away...and that in itself is beautiful. Until cancellation of subscription From his debut book, I Have the Right to Destroy Myself. I was a little confused by the characters, and the fact that this was translated kind of made me wonder what their original names were...like were C and K given those names because they can sound the same but look different (with K being more...harsh in comparison to the curved, simple C)? Given my effusive lust for Korean cinema, I was excited to find Young-Ha Kim's debut on a remainder table for two dollars. The narrator confused me a little bit, but I'm pretty sure that was intentional characterization of him as a spectre of death or whatever. I Have the Right to Destroy Myself makes significant allusions to three paintings: “The Death of Marat” by Jacques-Louis David, “Judith” by Gustav Klimt, and “Death of Sardanapalus” by Eugene Delacroix. It has an air of universality about it, perhaps because its theme is of a concept irrefragable as sunlight to us all. By Young-Ha Kim, translated by Chi-Young Kim. I disagree that humans have the right to commit suicide. It's not ladylike -- in the second place, folks don't like to have someone around knowin' more than they do. 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. And they know such introspection, though painful, is secretly exhilarating. It moved me in ways that made me feel sorry for the characters. But above all, it paradoxically evoked a sense of gratefulness in me—I appreciated that I could still appreciate life and all the small things. There's a saying that "death is the survivor's affair". Perplexing. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. What resulted is actually more akin to a screenplay than any plumbing of the darkened corridors of the mind. Overall, this was an ok read. Three times now. The first half read like Asian fetish porn, the second half like a nausea-inducing conversation between two undergrads about The Meaning of Art. * Information Collected A bit weird but it's a short, quick read. I like dark and rough, but (unfortunately) I also like well-written plots and characters to have shards of realism. What resulted is actually more akin to a screenplay than any plumbing of the darkened corridors of the mind. “Judith,” which depicts Judith smiling with Holofernes’ severed head in her hands, is a reference to Georges Bataille’s concept of eroticism, namely the ecstasy felt in close approximation of death. His novel shakes the dichotomous perception of reality vs. illusion and life vs. death to the core. hooray for south korean fiction! They also represent the themes of the novel, end of the revolution, eroticism, and bio-politics. After overseeing their suicides, the protagonist goes on a trip and fictionalizes their short lives. Wow! A 2013 case in which an individual used a “self-defense” argument to justify shooting an officer who entered his home on a "no-knock warrant" was upheld by a jury. reminded me a little of a wong kar wai film but much darker, the writing reminded me of banana yoshimoto without her (relative) cheerfulness. What I enjoyed about this book is that the author did not do much to particularly underscore his culture, thus resulting into a kind of all-inclusive story bare of any measured identity. I really enjoyed this book and its irreverent style. Kim Young-ha’s “I Have The Right To Destroy Myself” is a short novel that attempts quite a lot and achieves almost everything it attempts. "— Shit has been going for some years but now it's different now i literally lost myself my mind is fucking sick i hate everything and everyone and i keep pretending every day that i have a good normal life , guess i just don't fit in normal life. Your not gonna change any of them by talkin' right, they've got to want to learn themselves, and when they don't want to learn there's nothing you can do but keep your mouth shut or talk their language. He has earned a reputation as the most talented and prolific Korean writer of his generation, publishing seven novels and five collections of stories. This is a bizarre but interesting short postmodernist novel by the author of, “Sometimes fiction is more easily understood than true events. For the protagonist, suicide is a way of artistically condensing a boring, messy life, a ritual for the aesthetic perfection of life. Kim Young-ha’s critique of society has in its undercurrent a critique of contemporary civilization. •Your parents pain , suffering,dreams and struggle they have gone through just for you,then kill yourself. I was a little confused by the characters, and the fact that this was translated kind of made me wonder what their original names were...like were C and K given those names because they can sound the same but look different (with K being more...harsh in comparison to the curved, simple C)? I'm glad it was short. Mateo Askaripour is a Brooklyn-based writer whose debut novel, Black Buck—which Colson Whitehead calls a “mesmerizing novel, executing a high... To see what your friends thought of this book. * Purpose by John Burns on August 29th, 2007 at 11:20 AM. In I Have the Right to Destroy Myself, life, illusion, death, and desire travel across each other’s boundaries. But as many scholars point out, contemporary civilization built on the “death of death” is in reality ruled over by the culture of death. I Have the Right to Destroy Myself Young-Ha Kim, Author, Chi-Young Kim, Translator , trans. The Giver is passing on insight to Jonas about being a Receiver. I knew this novel was going to uncover the themes of death and suicide, but I was quite surprised by the author's flair in capturing the sense of death for the characters as something both romantic and mysteriously desirous. I'm writing about French art and suicide...that's what sophisticated authors write about...just ask everybody!". Young-ha … I have typed a couple of sentences and deleted. 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. The story features multiple narrators. Big mistake! Harcourt, 119 pp, $15.95, softcover. But, you know, it had some finer moments. * Information Collected Over-all, I have the right to destroy myself has been an exhilaratingly existential read. His shrewd language f lows against the current into death, and leaves a sharp wound in the dull consciousness of today’s living dead. I saw this on RA's to-read list so I decided to copy him. Young-Ha Kim's I Have the Right to Destroy Myself. The Jacobin revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat lies murdered in his bath. Until you ask to have your personal information removed 3 stars because part one was amazing. Or whatever. from the Korean by Chi-Young Kim. I have the right to destroy myself, Young-ha Kim ; translated from the Korean by Chi-Young Kim. I was kind of confused by a lot of the characters (not that there were that many characters to begin with)...and their motivations and whatnot, but I think it's probably a sign of good literature when the characters are believeable enough for you to wonder about their motivations and to ponder their honesty. I don't know if this fulfilled all my goals, but it has a beauty to it, its sense of Korean melancholy (hey kids, let's learn about, I Have the Right to Destroy Myself [1996] – ★★★★. I Have the Right to Destroy Myself (Harvest Original) Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Short, Sexy and Suicidal--Like Peoples’ names, Book Titles matter a lot to me because they’re the easiest preludes in getting to know stories and how potentially good or bad they are. They have an obligation to their family, friends, and society. Where to begin with this book. Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for I Have the Right to Destroy Myself by Young-ha Kim (2007, Trade Paperback) at the best online prices … The protagonist/narrator of I Have the Right to Destroy Myself is a suicide designer. Or is that just me reading too much into it. Quick but weird read. Optional information: postal address, phone number (in case your query or request is related to postal delivery) His novel shakes the dichotomous perception of reality vs. illusion and life vs. death to the core. Don't think many will like this though. Get this from a library! It looks intriguing, and I've not read much from Korea that's contemporary anyway. The author, painfully self-aware yet vacuous (like a high-school goth reading Rilke) almost screams in your ear, "I'm sophisticated, see? That’s why I sign myself now. I’m looking at Jacques-Louis David’s 1793 oil painting, “The Death of Marat,” printed in an art book. I'm willing to make the four star leap on this one, although I might change my mind after a re-read. Such is a shame. An interesting premise, with a subpar execution. Or is that just me reading too much into it. The suicide assistant would be a perfect role for Lee Byung-hun: shit, he's played variations on the role a number of times. We collect the minimum personal information required to deliver Korean Literature Now (KLN) to our subscribers. by Young-Ha Kim ; translated by Chi-Young Kim ‧ RELEASE DATE: July 1, 2007. But not in a feminist-y way. I own this, an autographed copy (Mr. Kim crossed out his name on the title page, then rewrote it again... in English haha whaa?~), and read it about a year ago. The nameless narrator of I Have the Right to Destroy Myself has an unusual job. Nobody wants to have to clean up after you just because you decided you were bored with your life. 1 of 1 2 of 1. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. “Death of Sardanapalus,” which depicts Sardanapalus killing his courtesans before the fall of Babylon, is a metaphor for the bio-political situation in contemporary society where the matter of an individual’s death is subject to government rule. It feels like the author was trying too hard, but nor the narrative nor the characters ever really get any depth, rendering an unsatisfying reading experience. Don't get me wrong, my delicate sensibilities were still offended. He coaches them and runs errands for them in order to make it happen. Reality is often pathetic.”, “Novels are food for the leftover hours of life, the in-between times, the moments of waiting.”. While watching her performance on video in her bathtub, Mimi slits her wrists. We’d love your help. The English editions of Kim Young-ha’s I Have the Right to Destroy Myself, Your Republic Is Calling You, and Black Flower were published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, who will also publish his latest book in 2017. A strange, disturbing but interesting read. Kim was a resident writer at the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program in 2003, and a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times from 2013 to 2014. 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