Weekend reads + Rooibos tea
I finished The White Book, a visceral collection of writing fragments and images by the Korean author Han Kang, this morning, and I enjoyed it! I have read a few of HK’s novels translated into English, such as The Vegetarian and Human Acts, and I have enjoyed all of them. There is literary verve and texture to the language and words she strings together, and the imagery she evokes in the minds of readers is saturated with raw emotion and punctuated with harrowing truths. The stories she narrates in The White Book, though decorated and embellished with glittery, captivating analogies and descriptions, are not diluted or overshadowed. The book is an attempt to unfurl bandages of the past, to inspect old wounds, and to attain some sort of solace; it seemingly accomplishes all of them, to some extent.
The second book, 「東京店構え」, which I received as a gift from the wonderful @agatawycieczka , is a collection of artworks of architecture in Tokyo by the Polish artist Mateusz Urbanowicz. The entire book is in Japanese and English, so I have been enjoying seeing how the descriptions of certain buildings are unstrung and restitched together again in another language through the art of translation. Although I have only just begun leafing through this colorful book, I have already become reminiscent of the time I spent zigzagging and meandering around the streets of Tokyo, taking in the intriguing sights interspersed around the urban city.
I hope you’re all having a wonderful day! Happy Reading! I know I haven’t posted in a looong time; life has been pretty crazy. But I’m trying to get back into it, though!
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