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Kyung-sook Shin's 'I'll Be Right There' finds artful solace
Kyung-sook Shin's 'I'll Be Right There' finds artful solace

In the Seoul of Kyung-sook Shin's new novel, "I'll Be Right There," university students wander the hilly city on foot. They take in its vistas, its hidden histories, writing in journals and reading literature. And every now and then, they're struck by a faint, acrid scent that always seems to drift over them — the scent of tear gas. The constant battles between riot police and leftist student protesters do not interest Jung Yoon, a poetically inclined undergraduate. She prefers German poets like Rainer Maria Rilke to radical rhetoric. But Korea's political divisions are never far from the thoughts of the people around her. On the first day of...

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