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.
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The relocation brings them to a Third World–like slum in New York City, where Boy Genius first joins a pack of wild dogs on the streets, then goes to school—where his bitter refusal to spout melting-pot rhetoric puts him in solitary confinement until his spirit is broken.| Read Full Review of Boy Genius: A Novel (Akashic ...
Filmmaker Yonsoo Park's debut, Boy Genius, follows the life of its eponymous protagonist through a surreal stew of politics, betrayal, race and identity.| Read Full Review of Boy Genius: A Novel (Akashic ...
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