"Some Book" is a story about the person who writes the book, the person who reads the book, and a child left within the pages of the book. While some lose interest and others find it burdensome to continue reading, the child remains within the closed book. No one knows about the child left behind. The child inside the closed book continues to breathe, eat, think, dream, and live. Until someone opens the book again and discovers the child within.
Review by Atnoon
"Like someone who sees behind the stage, I lost interest in the book."
There is a child who realizes early on that the world has various facets that cannot be expressed with just a single word or sentence. This child, too, is left behind alone, each with their own indescribable circumstances. Perhaps each of us has been unintentionally left behind at least once. Like a book that is closed and forgotten without being read, the forgotten beings are easily erased from our memories. In this way, "Some Book" evokes forgotten memories, much like finding a behind-the-scenes story.
"It was the same sentence, but suddenly it felt different when read."
Fortunately, the child left behind becomes the protagonist within the book and writes their own story. Even without an author to write the plot or readers to read it, they record their own life and recite it in a small voice. Now, all we need to do is remember the child's past pages and look forward to the next chapter. Through this story, I hope we can unfold the book that has been tucked deep into the bookshelf, just as we discover beautiful sentences and uncover the hidden side of the world.
I believe that every person sees the world through their own eyes and interprets it in the direction they want, based on their own context. This perspective of viewing the world can be seen as a process of understanding. However, the world is not flat, but three-dimensional and ever-changing, making it unpredictable.
In this book, I aimed to depict an individual who seeks to understand the complexity of objects. When confronted with the multiplicity of perspectives, the character experiences confusion. Each viewpoint exists individually, and the character becomes frustrated by the overwhelming lack of definitive answers. They isolate themselves in an environment where no perspective seems to exist.
Ironically, it is when they realize that even their own life and the environment they find themselves in have various facets and are constantly changing, that they break free from physical and mental isolation. They finally find freedom and regain their agency.
In this work, I sought to express an understanding of multiplicity and the establishment of agency as central themes.
I majored in illustration at Académie royale des Beaux-Arts, Belgium.
I write and draw.
One of the books I have written and illustrated is called "Kaki."
|Author. Sooji Han|
|Illustrator. Sooji Han|
|135 × 192mm, 76pages|
|Hardcover Picture book|
|Date of issue Oct 26, 2022|
|© Rights for all languages available|