82년생 김지영

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“ 사람들이 나보고 맘충이래. ”

한국에서 여자로 살아가는 일
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조남주 장편소설 『82년생 김지영』이 민음사 ‘ 오늘의 젊은 작가 ’ 시리즈로 출간되었다. 조남주 작가는 2011년, 지적 장애가 있는 한 소년의 재능이 발견되면서 벌어지는 사건을 통해 삶의 부조리를 현실적이면서도 따뜻하게 그려낸 작품 『귀를 귀울이면』으로 ‘ 문학동네소설상 ’ 을 받으며 데뷔했다. 시사 교양 프로그램에서 10년 동안 일한 방송 작가답게 서민들의 일상에서 발생하는 비극을 사실적이고 공감대 높은 스토리로 표현하는 데 특출 난 재능을 보이는 작가는 신작 『82년생 김지영』에서 30대를 살고 있는 한국 여성들의 보편적인 일상을 완벽하게 재현한다.
주인공 ‘ 김지영 씨 ’ 의 기억을 바탕으로 한 고백을 한 축으로, 고백을 뒷받침하는 각종 통계 자료와 기사들을 또 다른 축으로 삼는 이 소설은 1982년생 김지영 씨로 대변되는 ‘ 그녀 ’ 들의 인생 마디마디에 존재하는 성차별적 요소를 핍진하게 묘사한다. 이를 통해 작가는 제도적 성차별이 줄어든 시대의 보이지 않는 차별들이 어떻게 여성들의 삶을 제약하고 억압하는지 보여 준다.
여권이 신장된 시대, 그러나 여전히 ‘ 여성 ’ 이라는 조건이 굴레로 존재하는 사회에서 살아가는 한 여자의 인생을 다룬 『82년생 김지영』은 조용한 고백과 뜨거운 고발로 완성된 새로운 페미니즘 소설이자 수많은 사람들의 경험과 자료로 이루어진 ‘ 목소리 소설 ’ 이다. 맘충이, 여혐, 메갈리아 등 연일 새롭게 등장하는 페미니즘 화두를 관심 있게 지켜보는 독자라면 누구나 흥미롭게 읽을 수 있고 저마다 의미를 발견할 수 있을 것이다.
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Published October 14th 2016 by 민음사
Original Title of the Book
82년생 김지영
Isbn 13
9788937473135
Number of Pages
192

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The book opens in Autumn 2015, introducing us to Kim Jiyoung as she is now, and her mental breakdown ( which has echoes of The Vegetarian), before returning to 1982 and her birth.Kim Jiyoung is thirty-three years old, thirty-four Korean age.

Daehyun works at a mid-size IT company, and Jiyoung used to work at a small marketing agency, which she left a few months before her due date.Jiyoung ’ s abnormal behaviour was first detected on 8 September.

The boo then returns to 1982 and her birth taking us through her birth, hildhood, education, entry into the workplace and marriage.The name Kim Jiyoung is intended to present an everywoman persona ( I wrote the novel) to show women ’ s shared worries, ” Cho said, pointing out that Kim Ji-young is ordinary in every way.

There is nothing xceptional about the protagonist. ( from an interview in 2018 when the novel reached 1 million copies http: //www.koreaherald.com/view.php? u ...) and the write has her protagonist pretty much experience every form of discrimination present in the societie of the time, ranging from selective abortion of the 3rd child if the etus was female and the family already had two girls ( this went on throughout the 1980s and in the late 1990s, the very height of the male-to-female ratio imbalance, the ratio for the third child and beyond was over two-to-one.) through to spycams in the omen ’ s toilets at work.If anything, Jiyoung ’ s generation suffered from coming of age while Korea was transitioning from a traditional society, with women staying at home, to a modern one, with women allowed and expected to build careers, but without support in the workplace allowing them to realistically do so: In 1999, the year [ her elder sister ] turned twenty, new legislation against gender discrimination was introduced, and in 2001, the year Kim Jiyoung turned twenty, the inistry of Gender equality was formed.

Jiyoung ’ s female supervision, who features in the opening quote of my review, relates a story from a previous company: She spotted a pregnant woman in the company dining hall and asked the people at her table how long the company ’ s childcare leave was, and none of the five, including one department head, knew the answer because none of them had ever seen an employee go on childcare leave.

She couldn ’ t picture herself at the company ten years down the highway, resigned after some thought, and her boss grumbled, ‘ This is why we don ’ t hire women. ’ She replied, ‘ Women don ’ t tay because you make it mpossible for us to stay. ’ The percentage of female employees who use childcare leave has increased from 20 per cent in 2003 to more than half in 2009, and four out of ten still work without childcare leave.

There 's no right answer, so that female candidates are essentially disqualified.And much is redeemed by the powerful final section of the novel, which explains the dry tone of the book so far and what it is we have just read, as well as providing a rather devastating final line.Recommended.

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The nove traces the tory of Kim Ji-Young, the title character, from the year she was born, 1982, to 2016 highlighting the sexism, iscrimination and injustice she faces at every stage of her life [ The author, a former producer for television, in fact, said that Ji-Young ’ s life wasn ’ t much different from her own ].

Ji-Young of course has a ‘ better ’ time in that she does get an education, as best as her parents can afford, and even goes to niversity, and has a chance at a career ( though not for long), but at every stage be it as a child growing up, to chool, to interviewing for a job, getting one, and having to give it up, she is impacted in some way or other by sexism, having to share where her younger brother doesn ’ t, having to accept being secondary, being looked over despite being qualified simply because she is a man, whether for a job or inclusion in a team at work, having to give up her career for her child, and having fingers pointed at her for thing, whether it be her fault or not, mostly the latter.

Ji-Young ’ s stepmother, despite and also perhaps because of having faced worse in her life, does stand up for her daughters at times, and ries within her constraints to ensure that they do not have to give up their dreams as she did.

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This is a biting feminist satire that basically caused a national incident upon publication in South Korea, where it has sold well in excess of 1 million copies.While it is absur and brave, it 's not as shocking as you may imagine and is far subtler than many western attempts at tackling the issue of women 's changing place in society.

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The storytelling is pretty much exclusively disconnected example after example of oppression Jiyoung faces- I 've seen other readers describe it as list-like, enumerating the injustices women face in Korean ( and global) society and I 'd have to agree.

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The life storie of one young woman born at the nd of the 20th century raises questions about endemic misogyny and institutional oppression that are certain to us all.The premise of this essay is great.

I adore books that highlight ingrained sexism and the double standards that are forced upon women.

The book even used footnotes to back up the points on sexism it was making but instead of that adding a gravitas to the work it made it seem heavy handed.

And the main haracter of Kim Jiyoung.

But then conversely the point of this trilog is that me are forced to not be allowed to feel ...

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This approach- and particularly the copious inclusion of factual details among the already limited narrative- is cleverly justified by the opening ( and particularly closing) framing of the ook; it also clearly succeeded in South Korea where the nove has been a best selling sensation, and has managed to hold up a mirror to a society in denial- and the facelessness/anonymity of the narrator I think has served to illustrate the universality of her experience; however I think for an overseas reader of literary fiction looking for an nteresting read ( or at least this one) it simply does not work.As Paul has pointed out to me this book could be said ( my brackets) to have ( at least) the societal impact and importance of Handmaid ’ s Retellin, but ( at best) the literary quality of The Testaments.

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The narrator does not only suffer because of stereotypical women-hating machos ( although they also feature in the text), but there 's a whole web of factors, attitudes and implications that affect all characters differently, from the education system to the economic crisis, from conservative gender roles to questions of agency related to intersectional feminism.

Many K-Pop singers and other celebrities who professed to reading Cho Nam-Joo 's feminist novella ( which, as the author explained, is largely based on personal exprience) were attacked and threatened on the internet.

Specifi to Han Kang in The Vegetarian, Cho Nam-Joo depicts a scenario in which different characters interpret the effects of degradation and lack of agency that the protagonist shows as mental illness- but it 's worth contemplating whether those protagonists are sick, or whether the circumstances under which they have to live are sick.Very interesting and highly relevant, not only in South Korea.

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