Kang's book deals with the aftermath of a violent student uprising and massacre in Gwangju, South Korea, in 1980. The book is split into six sections (plus an epilogue by "the writer"), each told from the viewpoint of a different character. Some of these are in first person, some in third, and at least one is, distressingly, in second person - an unusual and tricky p.o.v. which seldom, if ever, works effectively. Since the book begins that way, it kind of turned me off to start with. In other sections, told in first person, the narrator/character is directly addressing someone (referred to as "professor," if memory serves), though this is never explained or followed up on. Although the writing for the most part is quite lovely (due at least in part to translator Deborah Smith), I really had trouble making connections between some of the sections - some are quite obvious, others less so. And I admit to getting a bit confused between characters as to who was who and how they related to one another. I've seen some very positive reviews of this novel, but I just couldn't connect with it.