by Yi Mun-Yol
Translated by Heinz Insu Fenkl with Yoosup Chang
Columbia University Press, 2017
Meeting with My Brother is narrated by Professor Yi, a South Korean who lived under suspicion for many years as the son of a traitor. At the start of the Korean War, Yi’s father had defected to the North. Many years later, Yi made plans to meet his father, but before this could happen, his father died.
Later, Yi learns of the existence of a half-brother and contacts him. Though carefully arranged, their encounter takes an unexpected turn.
Meeting with My Brother provides readers with insights into the complex perspectives of a divided Korea and explores the difficulties of both a political and personal reunification. (Adapted from publisher’s description)
Yi Mun-yol is one of the most prominent and socially significant literary figures of post–1980s Korea.
Heinz Insu Fenkl is an associate professor of English and Asian studies at SUNY New Paltz.