Butterfly Sleep (Paperback)
Drama. Asian & Asian American Studies. Translated by Jake Levine. Kim Kyung Ju's BUTTERFLY SLEEP is a historical drama based in the early period of the Joseon dynasty. He relies on a mixture of absurdism, magic realism, and dark humor in order to tell an existentialist allegory of Korea's rapid development. In this sense, BUTTERFLY SLEEP is a story about the fractured soul of the nation. Even more so, it is a lesson in consolation. As BUTTERFLY SLEEP unfolds, we drift in and out of song, as music is made in order to comfort the characters in the play. With lyricism and grace, Kim suggests that the only way the ghosts of the nation can be consoled is through direct confrontation. Confront them first, then sing them a lullaby.