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Familiar Things

Familiar Things

作者 : Hwang Sok-yong

出版社 : Scribe Publications

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定價 : NT 499

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以現代化的「進步」為名所捨棄的事物,全都跑到了垃圾掩埋場……

在耀眼的南韓首爾都會邊緣,有座被稱為「花島」(Flower Island)的垃圾掩埋場。那裡住著因為貧窮而被逐出都市的人們,十四歲的Bugeye與媽媽也是其中之一,尤其在爸爸被拘禁於勞改營之後,他們勉強度日,過著入不敷出的生活。直到爸爸的朋友介紹他們到「花島」擔任拾荒工人、並居住於該地,才終於不用為房租與生計煩惱。

Bugeye沒有就學,他像媽媽一樣,也必須每天在從都市運來的垃圾堆裡,撿取可回收的瓶罐,以賺取生活費。起初,他的生活並不輕鬆,但他很快就與爸爸朋友的兒子Baldspot成為好友,兩人常踏上探索「花島」冒險旅程。他們結識一名自稱「金先生的女兒」的奇異女孩,還發現了圍繞在垃圾掩埋場周圍神秘的光……在農曆年後,春天終於來臨。但當天氣變暖和、垃圾山開始解凍,產生易燃氣體,火勢竟吞噬了整個「花島」……他們將會何去何從?

本書為南韓最重要作家之一的黃皙暎,對於現代化用過即丟的批判,在繁榮的大都會與漢江奇蹟的背後,是不堪入目的垃圾掩埋場,以及那些貧窮的社會邊緣人物。作者描繪南韓的社會現實,為邊緣人物發聲,帶來與經濟奇蹟截然不同的社會現實風景。

Seoul. On the outskirts of South Korea’s glittering metropolis is a place few people know about: a vast landfill site called Flower Island. Home to those driven from the city by poverty, is it here that 14-year-old Bugeye and his mother arrive, following his father’s internment in a government ‘re-education camp’.

Living in a shack and supporting himself by weeding recyclables out of the refuse, at first Bugeye’s life on Flower Island is hard. But then one night he notices mysterious lights around the landfill. And when the ancient spirits that still inhabit the island’s landscape reveal themselves to him, Bugeye's luck begins to change – but can it last?

Vibrant and enchanting, Familiar Things depicts a society on the edge of dizzying economic and social change, and is a haunting reminder to us all to be careful of what we throw away.

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