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Beyond the Division-bookcover

By: Mann Hyung Hur

Beyond the Division

Pages: 72 Ratings: 5.0
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Pilsung and Soon are star-crossed lovers. He is from South Korea, and she is from the North. Their love is so forbidden that when Pilsung tells his boss, she is immediately worried about the police finding out.

Soon escapes from North Korea after the shutdown of the Gaeseong Industrial Complex and plans to fake her own death with the help of a police officer in South Korea. Pilsung is out of the loop and spends most of the story looking for his love, not realizing she is supposed to be dead.

Soon has been watching Pilsung’s every move, waiting for the right time to reveal herself, only to be heartbroken when she misunderstands a close bond between friends. She decides to leave him, but Pilsung flies to Yanbian to look for her and attempts to smuggle himself into North Korea.

Mann Hyung Hur graduated from Konkuk University in Seoul, Korea, and earned a Ph.D. in public policy at the University of Colorado at Denver, USA. He is currently a professor at Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea.

He has published a novel entitled Cyber Beatrice in Korea in 1995, which was the beginning of his professional writing career. He was invited to write serialized stories in the Digital Times and Weekly Donga in Korea. In addition to novels, he has also published more than ten nonfiction books. Beyond the Division has been excerpted from the serialized story collection Nine Stairs@Omega and rewritten into a novella.

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  • Hamada

    The love story of Pilsung (South Korean man) and Soon (North Korean woman) is very exciting to read, I could not wait to go home to read what happens next. I loved the part when Pilsung started searching for Soon in Tumen (Border between North Korea and China). The scenes in the Tumen wholesale market is very thrilling, especially those involving Mr. Bak. I think the novella would make a very good short movie. I look forward to reading more works from the author.

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