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. While watching her performance on video in her bathtub, Mimi slits her wrists. 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. Someone who lives for nothing is capable of anything, while someone dedicated to an ideal is vulnerable because they have something to lose. That said, this clumsy collision of art, death and ennui didn't move me. From his debut book, I Have the Right to Destroy Myself. It's not ladylike -- in the second place, folks don't like to have someone around knowin' more than they do. Given my effusive lust for Korean cinema, I was excited to find Young-Ha Kim's debut on a remainder table for two dollars. I have typed a couple of sentences and deleted. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. 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. everything was dark, man, dark. 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. I picked this book on the basis of its title. Quick but weird read. Death Reborn: I Have the Right to Destroy Myself by Kim Young-ha. But the dynamics of the relationships between C and K, and both of them with Judith and Mimi were kind of forced and at times senseless. And cite that as a reason for it being bad. 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. “I” seeks out people who are lonely and depressed over the emptiness of life, and recommends suicide. 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. 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. We’d love your help. After I put it down, there was a strange feeling in the back of my jaw. 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. 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. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published If the book had been longer, I might have stopped reading it or skimmed through til the end. I have never run across a book about someone who assists others commit suicide. Don't think many will like this though. 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 I love the title. Big mistake! A strange, disturbing but interesting read. I saw this on RA's to-read list so I decided to copy him. This was just breathtakingly awful. I’m looking at Jacques-Louis David’s 1793 oil painting, “The Death of Marat,” printed in an art book. The first half read like Asian fetish porn, the second half like a nausea-inducing conversation between two undergrads about The Meaning of Art. Kim lives in Busan, South Korea. 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?”. I'm writing about French art and suicide...that's what sophisticated authors write about...just ask everybody!". •Your parents pain , suffering,dreams and struggle they have gone through just for you,then kill yourself. “The Death of Marat” symbolizes the end of the revolution through the death of a radical politician of the French Revolution, Marat. The Jacobin revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat lies murdered in his bath. 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. Answering your query 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. can anyone tell me what's the main topic of this book? A good story, cleverly told, and one that will prove very entertaining to a casual reader as well as a critical one. The suicide assistant would be a perfect role for Lee Byung-hun: shit, he's played variations on the role a number of times. What resulted is actually more akin to a screenplay than any plumbing of the darkened corridors of the mind. And they know such introspection, though painful, is secretly exhilarating. His shrewd language f lows against the current into death, and leaves a sharp wound in the dull consciousness of today’s living dead. Harcourt/Harvest $12 (119p) ISBN 978-0-15-603080-9 You have the right to disagree to the collection and use of your personal information. 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. It moved me in ways that made me feel sorry for the characters. 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 think this book needs more than one reading to really make sense. I liked that it went into the relationship between death and art and the glorification of death in art but a lot of it unsettled me. And I'll never look at Chupa Chups the same way again. Don't get me wrong, my delicate sensibilities were still offended. “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. Perplexing. It's one of those artsy-fartsy novels with no plot. Wow! I'm glad it was short. Such is a shame. (required for contacting the subscriber in case the post is returned without delivery) I Have the Right to Destroy Myself. Can’t our desires advance beyond life and reach the realm of death? I have the right to destroy myself. Perhaps. Nobody wants to have to clean up after you just because you decided you were bored with your life. Overall, this was an ok read. Published in South Korea in 1996. People point out that it is quite disturbing, graphic, and often unpleasant. 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. 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] – ★★★★. It plateaued and then it picked up a bit. If someone want to kill themselves, then they have the right to go and seek help. by Mariner Books. Young-ha Kim is a young master, the leading literary voice of his generation. I have the right to destroy myself, Young-ha Kim ; translated from the Korean by Chi-Young Kim. Harcourt, 119 pp, $15.95, softcover. [The narrator is a person who looks for people who may want to kill themselves and then he helps them do it. That’s why I sign myself now. by Young-Ha Kim ; translated by Chi-Young Kim ‧ RELEASE DATE: July 1, 2007. His novel shakes the dichotomous perception of reality vs. illusion and life vs. death to the core. The author, painfully self-aware yet vacuous (like a high-school goth reading Rilke) almost screams in your ear, "I'm sophisticated, see? The story features multiple narrators. She’s dating K, a superspeed cab driver, but seduces his older brother C, who’s a video artist. What resulted is actually more akin to a screenplay than any plumbing of the darkened corridors of the mind. Judith (Seyeon) works at a bar and has a habit of having sex with Chupa Chups in her mouth. There were a couple of quotable beautiful passages. Delivering KLN to the subscriber Get this from a library! All the characters did was have sex and kill themselves. I almost felt like I should be offended by how the women were basically sex objects, but I wasn't. 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. His career as a professional writer started in 1995 right after discharge when his short-story A Meditation On Mirror (Geoure daehan myeongsang) appeared in Review, and the following year, won the 1st New Writer's Award given by Munhak Dongne with the novel, I Have a Right to Destroy Myself (Naneun nareul pagoehal gwolliga itda). * Retention Period Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. If you think it is right to kill :- •Your precious life,you are getting once,then kill yourself. I like nitty-gritty. Reality is often pathetic.”, “Novels are food for the leftover hours of life, the in-between times, the moments of waiting.”. reminded me a little of a wong kar wai film but much darker, the writing reminded me of banana yoshimoto without her (relative) cheerfulness. Kim Young-ha’s critique of society has in its undercurrent a critique of contemporary civilization. Yes, it's not about puppies. Where to begin with this book. 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. Until you ask to have your personal information removed I Have the Right to Destroy Myself is a novella set in mid-90s Seoul, a story in which a shadowy narrator talks about a group of young people going about their lives in the Korean capital. Mimi, who has never seen her own performance, asks video artist C to film her performance. The Giver is passing on insight to Jonas about being a Receiver. Required information: name, email 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. Young-Ha Kim's 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. In I Have the Right to Destroy Myself, life, illusion, death, and desire travel across each other’s boundaries. As Michel Foucault pointed out, contemporary society is founded on the Lacanian foreclosure that has its roots in reason and power. Young-ha Kim is a young master, the leading literary voice of his generation. from the Korean by Chi-Young Kim. You have the right to disagree to the collection and use of your personal information. Not to mention the cover art. This undernourished story is intriguing, though only a germ of a novel. Terms of Service Agreement The suicide assistant would be a perfect role for Lee Byung-hun: shit, he's played variations on the role a number of times. * Purpose There's a saying that "death is the survivor's affair". 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. A bit weird but it's a short, quick read. Over-all, I have the right to destroy myself has been an exhilaratingly existential read. She kills herself in a planned gas explosion with the help of the narrator. Not everything is about puppies, guys. I had no idea what I was getting into when I started reading. However, in that case you cannot have the magazine delivered to you. I'm willing to make the four star leap on this one, although I might change my mind after a re-read. His novel shakes the dichotomous perception of reality vs. illusion and life vs. death to the core. But not in a feminist-y way. Frenchie lost Dad, Mom, and his older brother, Mitch, by the time he was eleven.Though he loves the family he's found with Miig and the other children with whom he travels, Frenchie is deeply scarred by his parents' absences, in particular. The ice cold, passionless sex scenes were a joy to read. This novel is an act of summary about human lives, as all novels are. The book is set in Seoul and deals with rather dark and uncomfortable issues. We collect the minimum personal information required to reply to your query. * Information Collected The contemplation of art, life and death was interesting, yet not so deep as to drag the book down into a more philosophical tone. Subscriber’s name, postal address, email, and phone number I Have the Right to Destroy Myself Young-Ha Kim, Author, Chi-Young Kim, Translator , trans. Young-ha … 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 July 2nd 2007 3 stars because part one was amazing. They are solitary souls, prone to introspection, who have really grappled with their existence. Terms of Service Agreement “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. Active Themes Later, when Scout gets up for water, she stops in the hallway and listens to Uncle Jack tell Atticus that he’ll never have children after Scout’s dressing down earlier. Two women succeed in killing themselves. Mimi is a performance artist. Always. His books have appeared in more than twelve languages. Or whatever. Afterwards, it was disappointing. 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. I said long ago, you get a signature and sign everything you do and keep a copy of it. 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. 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 book. Until cancellation of subscription Refresh and try again. However, if you disagree, we won’t be able your query through email. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He has earned a reputation as the most talented and prolific Korean writer of his generation, publishing seven novels and five collections of stories. 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. She has car sex with C during a snowstorm one day and disappears without a trace. It looks intriguing, and I've not read much from Korea that's contemporary anyway. "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. 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. Optional information: postal address, phone number (in case your query or request is related to postal delivery) The nameless narrator of I Have the Right to Destroy Myself has an unusual job. 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)? His head is wrapped in a towel, like a … I like dark and rough, but (unfortunately) I also like well-written plots and characters to have shards of realism. This undernourished story is intriguing, though only a germ of a novel. I Have the Right to Destroy Myself is a multi-layered text, dominated by a nameless narrator who helps (or, more accurately, prods) people to commit suicide. After overseeing their suicides, the protagonist goes on a trip and fictionalizes their short lives. 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. 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. I am trying to write a small, elegant, and cruel book myself (hey there, publishers!). I disagree that humans have the right to commit suicide. Whenever I go paperback-hunting, I’m always on a furious lookout for intriguing, bizarre titles whereas I could easily dispose generic-sounding ones for latter consideration. They have an obligation to their family, friends, and society. I really enjoyed this book and its irreverent style. I Have the Right to Destroy Myself [1996] – ★★★★ Kim Young-Ha is a South Korean author and this is his debut novel, which was first translated into English in 2007. It aggravates them. 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. by John Burns on August 29th, 2007 at 11:20 AM. The protagonist/narrator of I Have the Right to Destroy Myself is a suicide designer. 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)? Or is that just me reading too much into it. Kim Young-Ha’s ‘I have the right to destroy myself’ was a twisted new diversion in my reading. This is a bizarre but interesting short postmodernist novel by the author of, “Sometimes fiction is more easily understood than true events. As critic Nam Jin-woo so aptly puts it, the death aesthetic of Kim Young-ha is a resistance against a world that has castrated death. 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. hooray for south korean fiction! 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. I have read books about serial killers, mass murderers, sexual sadists, and freaks. He coaches them and runs errands for them in order to make it happen. Given my effusive lust for Korean cinema, I was excited to find Young-Ha Kim's debut on a remainder table for two dollars. 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