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The Study on Han Han’s Novel 1988: I want to Talk with the world

Kim, Jong-Seok 1

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ABSTRACT

Han Han is a representative writer of Post-80s writers. From his successful debut—The Triple Door(2000), He caused great argument called to “Hanhan phenomenon”. Throughout his writing career, he struck a rebel’spose, emerged as a public intellectual. The researches from 2000 until now are confined to case analysis of the Post-80s writers, but the articles of the specific analysis on his novels are very few. In this article, pay attention on his novel 1988: I want to Talk with the world, published in 2010, gained immense popularity among the readers with its road movie-like plot and its fragmented construction through the recollection of the past. In this article, attempt to identify the meaning of this road trip novel(=highway novel), which is consisted by one man(=Lu Ziye) and one woman(=Nana)’s traveling narrative and image. Lu Ziye’s journeyon the road seems to represent his journey through life and searching for Self-identification. On the journey, Lu Ziye is focusing on the present and his past. In one side, He criticize the absurd world. On the other hand, what happenedin the past has an impact in how we feel and think today. In this novel, Han Han delivers a powerful meditation on the forces of life, love, death, and loss. By using The novel’s subtitle -- “I Want to Talk to the World” --, He suggests both a sense of futility and the possibility of making a contribution to the ongoing dialog of life. As he reminds us throughout, our very existence is one never-ending dialog with the world. This conversation seeks to constantly reshape who we are, what we believe, and what we strive to achieve.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.