The Republic of Užupis

  • Title: The Republic of Užupis
  • Author: Haïlji Bruce Fulton Ju-Chan Fulton
  • ISBN: 9781628970654
  • Page: 390
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Republic of U upis Uzupis on the other side of the river is in reality a neighborhood in Lithuania s capital city of Vilnius which took the peculiar step of declaring itself an independent republic in In this no
    Uzupis on the other side of the river is, in reality, a neighborhood in Lithuania s capital city of Vilnius, which took the peculiar step of declaring itself an independent republic in 1997 In this novel, however, it is the lost homeland of a middle aged man named Hal, who lands in Lithuania hoping to travel back to the town of his birth in order to bury his father s asUzupis on the other side of the river is, in reality, a neighborhood in Lithuania s capital city of Vilnius, which took the peculiar step of declaring itself an independent republic in 1997 In this novel, however, it is the lost homeland of a middle aged man named Hal, who lands in Lithuania hoping to travel back to the town of his birth in order to bury his father s ashes there in a place that might not really exist In a literary tradition dominated by social realism, The Republic of Uzupis is a unique work of melancholy, Murakami esque whimsy.

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    About Haïlji Bruce Fulton Ju-Chan Fulton


    1. Ha lji studied creative writing at Chung ang University in Seoul and earned a doctoral degree in France Currently he is a professor at Dongduk Women s University He has written than ten novels in Korean, as well as poetry in English and French, including Blue Meditation of the Clocks.


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    1. I love reading books from non-English speaking countries because it’s the best (and cheapest) way of getting to know new and unfamiliar cultures and to experience the world through different eyes.With that in mind, it might seem odd that my first foray into a book translated from the Korean language wasn’t actually set in Korea: instead Haïlji’s The Republic of Užupis, which is part of the Library of Korean Literature series — a joint venture between the Dalkey Archive Press and the Li [...]

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    2. Haïlji's The Republic of Užupis (translated by Bruce and Ju-Chan Fulton) is a wonderful addition to my burgeoning K-Lit library, a novel much more experimental and western-influenced than most of what I've read before. The novel begins with an Asian man arriving in Lithuania, attempting to get past the rather tall guards at immigration. When asked if he plans to stay long in the country, his reply is rather unusual - he intends to depart within a day or so, as soon as he has worked out how to [...]

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    3. "The black and white postcard showed a lake surrounding an ancient castle, from the steeple of which flew the flag of the Republic of Užupis. The grand castle was built of marble, and it rose against the backdrop of a snow-covered alpine range. Hal failed to notice it was the same postcard he had seen last night at the apartment of Jurgita in Vilnius."우주피스 공화국 by 하일지 (Ha Il-ji) has been translated into English as The Republic of Užupis by the prolific, and praiseworthy, Ful [...]

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    4. On a freezing, snow-blowing, wind-howling, in other words typical Baltic winter night, a diffident seeming Asian man walks off a plane into Vilnius airport. From a country identified as Han, he has no visa for Lithuania, so is taken out of the passport queue to be interviewed. There he explains that he will not be remaining long in Lithuania as he is travelling to the Republic of Užupis, a statement which causes no end of merriment and confusion for the Border Police and most of the people from [...]

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    5. This quirky but thought-provoking short novel tells of Hal, a middle-aged man who leaves Asia and travels to Lithuania in search of the land of his birth, the Republic of Uzupis. He discovers that there is indeed such a Republic, but it turns out to be merely the artistic and bohemian quarter of Vilnius, which declared its independence in 1997. This is hardly the homeland he is searching for. So his quest continues and he meets an array of often puzzling characters who help, or perhaps hinder hi [...]

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    6. "Memories are like fields of dusk: the ones in the distance are the first to disappear" - so ends this rather unfortunately short novel. Even though the quote isn't really the highest literature I have ever read, it does tell about the main theme - time. Without going into long analysis, and it's probably just my main preoccupation these days talking (namely Deleuze), the novel tries to deal with the ungrounding force of the time which produces the simulacra in the wake of "cracked" subject thro [...]

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    7. 50% through and have a feeling of where this story is going and the symbolic meaning of it but I could be surprisedEclectic read that will make me ponder it long after I finished reading. Based loosely around the bohemian utopia of The Republic of Uzupis in Lithuania, the author plays with time and memory almost as if the characters were ghosts. It reminded me of a horror story/movie where the ghost is doomed to repeat his life over and over. Definitely worth reading and forming your own opinion [...]

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    8. I try to read as much foreign literature as possible and yet there are many countries from which I haven't read anything. The Republic of Užupis is my first foray into Korean literature and I definitely will be continuing my exploration after such a promising start.The Republic of Užupis is a fascinating novel. Although calls it 'Murakami-esque', it reminded me a lot of Kafka and his convoluted narratives in which men go through the strangest experiences, surrounded by people who are at once [...]

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    9. Dalkey Archive have release fifteen works as part of the “Library of Korean Literature” the latest being “The Republic of Uzupis” by Haijli. Haijli graduated from Chung-Ang University with a degree in Creative Writing and left Korea at age 28 to study in France. He has published poetry in both English and French and has twelve published novels in Korea where he now works as a professor in Seoul, at the University of Donguk.Our novel opens with our protagonist Hal (is this a reference to [...]

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    10. Forced myself to finish this book. In the end I enjoyed the idea. Didn't enjoy so much the execution.Somewhere I read a review comparing Ha Il Ji to Murakami and Kafka. I compare him more to Calvino.Not sure I liked the translation, but since I don't read Korean I have no idea if the translation or the original is where the fault in execution lay.Would like to talk to someone who has read both the Korean original and the English translation.

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    11. Nerišlūs ir nelogiški kliedesiai. Net nejuokinga. Ryžtingai nerekomenduoju.

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    12. O tada.darė aišku, kad tai šlamštas.

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