Boy Genius (Akashic Urban Surreal) (Paperback)
Akashic Books, 9781888451245, 228pp.
Publication Date: February 1, 2002
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The latest installment in the Akashic Urban Surreal series. Boy Genius is a powerful identity satire, the picaresque odyssey of a child seeking to avenge the wrongs perpetrated on his parents. Park's genius, born into the turmoil of post-war Korea, is used as a puppet by the South Korean government--before being banished to America. From a remote New York city ghetto, the boy wages a clandestine guerilla war against all symbols of authority. Park renders his vision of late-20th-century global culture with the bold, surreal strokes of Pynchon and the wild political sensibilities of Godard; the painful, largely unmapped narrative territory of Boy Genius creates a gripping, harrowing read. Yongsoo Park is a Korean-American writer and independent film-maker living in New York City.
About the Author
Yongsoo Park is a novelist, filmmaker and playwright. His debut novel BOY GENIUS was recognized as a Notable Title for the 2002 Kiriyama Book Prize and as a finalist for the 2003 Asian American Literary Awards. A former Van Lier Fellowship winner at the Asian American Writers? Workshop, Park was born in South Korea and now lives in Harlem with his wife.