For our eleventh edition of the Book Club we will read a powerful and thoughtful feminist statement, Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 follows one woman’s psychic deterioration in the face of rigid misogyny in Korean society.
“The world had changed a great deal, but the little rules, contracts and customs had not, which meant the world hadn’t actually changed at all.”
In a small, tidy apartment on the outskirts of the frenzied metropolis of Seoul lives Kim Jiyoung. A thirty something-year-old “millennial everywoman,” she has recently left her white-collar desk job—in order to care for her newborn daughter full-time—as so many Korean women are expected to do. But she quickly begins to exhibit strange symptoms that alarm her husband, parents, and in-laws: Jiyoung impersonates the voices of other women—alive and even dead, both known and unknown to her. As she plunges deeper into this psychosis, her discomfited husband sends her to a male psychiatrist.
Jiyoung’s painfully common life is juxtaposed against a backdrop of an advancing Korea, as it abandons “family planning” birth control policies and passes new legislation against gender discrimination. But can her doctor flawlessly, completely cure her, or even discover what truly ails her? Rendered in minimalist yet lacerating prose, Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 sits at the center of our global #MeToo movement and presents us with reflection way beyond Western experience.
**About the Book Club in the ‘Gay & LesBian Social The Netherlands’ Meet up Group**
This event will never feel like a literature lesson, but a fun and cozy event. Its purpose is of connecting like-minded people through literature. We are a group of home readers, literature enthusiasts, and those willing to improve their reading habits.
A short overview of the regular event is:
– Welcome drinks with selected music chosen for the book
– Short Introduction of the Book of the Month
– Reading of selected central pieces of the book
– Open conversation about the main topics of the book, characters, structure, and personal impressions
– Selection of the book for the next session
– Get to know each other and Goodbyes
Next books will be selected democratically in the end of every session and are always a pro-LGBTQ, or friendly material.
Please only sign up if you truly will read and plan to come to the Book Club. If you sign up, please UPDATE your participation on time and please avoid short-term cancellations! People on the ‘waitlist’ will be automatically included.
Please buy/borrow your own copy of the selected book. Ideally everyone will have read the book before the session, but not mandatory. Support a local book shop whenever possible.
It would be great if you would like to support the discussion. Drop me a line and we will coordinate something for you to share with the other (e.g. read selected parts of the book, present some characters, go deeper on main subjects, etc.).
Event will be hosted at my place located in the Regulierdswarstraat, Amsterdam Center. I will send the exact address in a private message some days before.