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Paul Yoon’s “Run Me to Earth”

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In Yoon’s work—Snow Hunters, Once the Shore (2009), and a few of the stories in The Mountain (2017)—war, with all of its attendant obscenity and evil, shapes Yoon’s characters, while the characters attempt to shape their patch of war. In a sense, Yoon presents war as something of a major character that influences nearly everything from life in all its forms: human, plant, animal, to nature itself. The obscenity—the killing, torture, and bombings—are mostly accomplished off-page or as half scenes, yet the revenge-killing of an interrogator is rather graphic.

 

 

You can read my review of Paul Yoon’s novel, Run Me to Earth, at The Brooklyn Rail by clicking the image below.

You can buy Run Me to Earth at Barnes and Noble.

Written by Joe Peschel

February 6th, 2020 at 3:27 pm