Monday, October 28, 2019 - 7:00pm
1011 McGowen St
Houston, TX 77002

This event will be off-site at Mongoose vs. Cobra. Jung Young Moon will be in conversation with Taylor Davis Van-Atta.

In his inimitable, recursive, meditative style that reads like a comedic zen koan but contains universes, Seven Samurai Swept Away in a River recounts Korean cult writer's Jung Young Moon’s time spent at an artist’s and writers residency in small-town Texas. In an attempt to understand what a “true Texan should know,” the author reflects on his outsider experiences in this most unique of places, learning to two-step, musing on cowboy hats and cowboy churches, blending his observations with a meditative rumination on the history of Texas and the events that shaped the state, from the first settlers to Jack Ruby and Lee Harvey Oswald. All the while, the author is asking what a novel is and must be, while accompanied by a fictional cast of seven samurai who the author invents and carries with him, silent companions in a pantomime of existential theater. Jung blends fact with imagination, humor with reflection, and meaning with meaninglessness, as his meanderings become an absorbing, engaging, quintessential novel of ideas.  

"Impressive fluidity... like a lucid dream." ― Foreword Reviews  

"Jung’s version of fun may not be everyone’s version, but it is certainly mine and will certainly inspire others, too. From the prompt, “What is this Texas place that I, an idiosyncratic Korean novelist-of-sorts, know little about and yet is where I’ve found myself temporarily living”, he discusses: can beans be in chili? was Jack Ruby a performance artist? did Karl Marx want to be a cowboy? should Jung Young Moon become a cowboy (if only he could get over his distaste for the hats)? And much, much more. "   ― Jonathan Woollen, Politics & Prose

JUNG YOUNG MOON born in 1965, is an award-winning Korean writer and translator. A graduate of Seoul National University with a degree in psychology, Jung is also an alum of the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program, and has been a resident at the University of California at Berkeley’s Center for Korean Study and the 100 West Corsicana Artists’ & Writers’ Residency in Texas, which inspired his novel Seven Samurai Swept Away in a River. Deep Vellum published his novel Vaseline Buddha in 2016, and will publish his linked novella trilogy Arriving in a Thick Fog in 2020. 

Seven Samurai Swept Away in a River Cover Image
By Jung Young Moon, Yewon Jung (Translator)
ISBN: 9781941920855
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - December 10th, 2019