Saha : a novel

by Cho, Nam-ju, 1978-

Format: Print Book 2023
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In a country called Town, a doctor named Su is found dead in an abandoned car. There is only one place the police intend to look for her suspected killer: the Saha Estates.

Controlled by a secretive organization of ministers, Town is the safest, richest nation in the world. But it is a society clearly divided into the haves and have-nots, and those who have the very least--who aren't even considered citizens--live on the Saha Estates. Residents of Saha must squat in moldy units without plumbing or electricity and can only find work doing harsh labor. For many, the apartment complex is a bleak haven for escaping even bleaker pasts--as it was for Jin-kyung and her brother, Do-Kyung, who showed up one day sopping wet and shivering.

No one is shocked when a lowlife like Do-Kyung becomes the main suspect in Su's--a citizen's--murder. But then Do-Kyung disappears. Isolated in a barren Saha unit, Jin-Kyung makes a choice: she will finally confront a system hellbent on erasing her brother's existence. To find him, she must rely on her tightlipped neighbors, from the mysterious janitor known as "Old Man," to Granny Konnim, the community gardener and reluctant midwife, to Woomi, an unwitting test subject at the local clinic. On her quest for the truth, Jin-kyung will uncover a reality far darker than she could have imagined.

Written in Cho Nam-Joo's signature sharp prose, brilliantly translated by Jamie Chang, Saha is a chilling portrait of what happens when we finally unmask our oppressors.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Town was once a fish-farm village, but it's now internationally known for the corporation that aggressively expanded it into a bustling city-state. Here, class stratification is impermeable. Su is a Citizen. Do-kyung is a Saha, an inconsequential resident of the crumbling Saha Estates who "wasn't anyone or anything deserving of a category." Now Su is dead in an abandoned car. Su and Do-kyung were lovers, living together in Unit 714. Do-kyung, of course, will be hunted by an unforgiving government. His fate is linked to the Sahas, their connections intricately, brilliantly revealed: Do-kyung's sister Jin-kyung in Unit 701, bartender Sara in 214, a father and daughter in 205, Ia and his mother in 201, orphan-turned-caregiver Eunjin in 305, Granny Konnim and Woomi in 311, the old man in the custodian's office, the old lady at the temp agency. Korean writer Cho and lauded Seoul-based translator Chang reunite following Cho's global bestseller, Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982, longlisted for the 2020 National Book Award. Originally published in Korea in 2019, Cho's sophomore import feels especially, eerily urgent, with prescient references to a fatal pandemic. An established scriptwriter before she became a bestselling author, Cho presents a chilling, dystopic fable of corporate greed, climate destruction, and haves and have-nots revelations that seems perfectly poised for film adaptation."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "National Book Award finalist Cho (Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982) explores the implications of a corporation with unlimited power in this nuanced dystopian tale. An unnamed company buys a fishing village, and as the narrative progresses into the near future, the village becomes a city-state known simply as Town. The inhabitants are divided into three classes: Citizens; L2s, who possess visas and are on a path to citizenship; and outcasts dubbed "Saha" for the run-down apartment complex they live at, Saha Estates. The Saha work menial jobs and live in substandard conditions, and they're scapegoated in the media for all of Town's problems. Su, a doctor, treats the Saha and then moves in with Do-Kyung, a Saha who becomes a portrait painter at her encouragement. Woomi, a Saha child born during a pandemic, is experimented on by doctors. Yonhwa, an L2, leaves an abusive marriage of convenience with a citizen to live with the Saha. All the while, mysterious custodians, whose salaries are paid by the Saha, watch over them. In one chilling scene, the cops come to the Saha complex looking for someone to blame for arson. Though the big picture remains elusive, Cho's close-ups consistently captivate, and the author has an easy hand capturing her characters' spirit. Fans of Squid Game will be drawn to the author's grim vision. Agent: Markus Hoffman, Regal, Hoffmann & Assoc. (Nov.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Marginality, Social -- Korea (South) -- Fiction.
Apartment houses -- Fiction.
Government, Resistance to -- Fiction.
Social stratification -- Fiction.
Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
Korea (South) -- Fiction.
Dystopian fiction.
Publisher New York :Liveright Publishing Corporation,2023
Edition First American edition.
Other Titles Saha maensyo╠ćn.
Contributors Chang, Jamie, translator.
Language English
Translated from the Korean.
Notes Translation of: Saha maensyo╠ćn.
Description 228 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781324090885
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