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The court dancer / Kyung-Sook Shin ; translated by Anton Hur.

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  • 8 of 9 copies available at BC Interlibrary Connect. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Castlegar Public Library.

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Castlegar Public Library FIC SHI (Text) 35146002078509 Fiction Volume hold Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781681777870 (hardcover) :
  • Physical Description: 364 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Pegasus books edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2018.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Originally published in Korean as Li Chin: Kyŏnggi-do P'aju-si : Munhak Tongne, 2007.
Summary, etc.:
Based on a remarkable true story, the author imagines the life of Yi Jin, an orphan who would fall under the affections of the Empress and become a jewel in the late Joseon Court. When a novice French diplomat arrives for an audience with the Emperor, he is enraptured by the Joseon Dynasty's magnificent culture, then at its zenith. But all fades away when he sees Yi Jin perform the delicate traditional Dance of the Spring Oriole. Though well aware that women of the court belong to the palace, the young diplomat confesses his love to the Emperor, and gains permission for Yi Jin to accompany him back to France. A world away in Belle Epoque Paris, Yi Jin lives a free, independent life, away from the gilded cage of the court, and begins translating and publishing Joseon literature into French with another Korean student. But even in this new world, great sorrow awaits her. Yi Jin's grieving and suffering is only amplified by homesickness and a longing for her oldest friend. But her homecoming was not a happy one. Betrayal, jealousy, and intrigue abound, culminating with the tragic assassination of the last Joseon empress - and the poisoned pages of a book.
Original Version Note:
Translation of: Li Chin.
Subject: Man-woman relationships > Fiction.
Korea > History > Chosŏn dynasty, 1392-1910 > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.

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