Boy Genius by Yongsoo Park
A Novel (Akashic Urban Surreal Series)

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[Put this wording in a box, along with the series logo – on zip] 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.


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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.
Published February 1, 2002 by Akashic Books. 228 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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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.

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Filmmaker Yonsoo Park's debut, Boy Genius, follows the life of its eponymous protagonist through a surreal stew of politics, betrayal, race and identity.

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