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Boy Genius


Selected for the 2002 Kiriyama Prize Notable Books List & selected as a finalist for an Asian American Literary Award.

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A selection of 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 postwar 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 guerrilla 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.


Book Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Published: 2/1/02
  • IBSN: 9781888451245


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. Las Cucarachas is his latest novel.

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