The Court Dancer

The Court Dancer

Book - 2018 | First Pegasus books edition.
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Set during the dramatic final years of the Korean Empire, the new novel from Man Asian Literary Prize winner Kyung-Sook Shin features a mysterious dancer caught up in the dizzying sweep of history.

Based on a remarkable true story, New York Times bestselling author Shin brilliantly images 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 dance. 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 an independent life, away from the gilded cage of the court, and begins translating and publishing Joseon literature into French. But even in this new world, great sorrow awaits her. Yi Jin's suffering is amplified by homesickness and 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.

Rich with historic detail and filled with luminous characters, Korea's most beloved novelist brings a lost era to life in a story that will resonate long after the final page.
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2018.
Edition: First Pegasus books edition.
ISBN: 9781681777870
Branch Call Number: F HIS SIN
Characteristics: 364 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Hur, Anton - Translator


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FPL_Amy Sep 30, 2020

For EXO Stans: This beautifully crafted novel set in the final years of the Korean Empire is sure to delight the discerning EXO-L. Whether you are in the mood for a little dance, romance, mystery, or intrigue this novel delivers. This historical novel, based on true events, is the full package...... Read More »

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Oct 04, 2020

Although the story ran slowly at times, there was a great story. A love story between people of very different worlds, and a history of some of Korea's turbulent history. Beautifully written.

Sep 07, 2018

Such a moving story of a woman's life in the Korean Court, her loves and sorrows.
The author,Kyung-Sook Shin, uses prose like poetry immersing the reader into the time and place most powerfully.

Jul 20, 2018

Hopefully you will be able to get a large print copy or audiobook.


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