Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982


Author: Cho Nam-Joo
Translated by Jamie Chang

9781471184307 | PB | pp. 176 | 2021 | Simon & Schuster

Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo is a witty moving novel about a young woman which raises questions about the place of women in society in general.

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Kim Jiyoung is a girl born to a mother whose in-laws wanted a boy. Kim Jiyoung is a sister made to share a room while her brother gets one of his own.

Kim Jiyoung is a female preyed upon by male teachers at school. Kim Jiyoung is a daughter whose father blames her when she is harassed late at night.

Kim Jiyoung is a good student who doesn’t get put forward for internships.

Kim Jiyoung is a model employee but gets overlooked for promotion.

Kim Jiyoung is a wife who gives up her career and independence for a life of domesticity.

Kim Jiyoung has started acting strangely.

Kim Jiyoung is depressed.

Kim Jiyoung is mad.

Kim Jiyoung is her own woman.

Kim Jiyoung is every woman.

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Cho Nam-Joo
Translator: Jamie Chang







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About the Author

The author is a former television scriptwriter. In the writing of this book she drew partly on her own experience as a woman who quit her job to stay at home after giving birth to a child. Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 is her third novel. It has had a profound impact on gender inequality and discrimination in Korean society, and has been translated into 18 languages.

The translator has won awards for her translations and teaches at Ewha Womans University Graduate School of Translation and Interpretation, and the Translation Academy at the Literature Translation Institute of Korea. Her works include The Great Soul of Siberia by Park Sooyong and The Summer by Choi Eunyoung.


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