The unnamed narrator of I Have the Right to Destroy Myself
clients commit suicide and then writes up their stories as novels. He is
also a connoisseur of painting, and travels to Vienna and Florence to view
masterpieces. Brothers C and K have an affair with one of the narrator's
clients, while living lives on the edge: C obsessed by his work as a
video artist and K driving his taxi around at high speed between cities.
I Have the Right to Destroy Myself is a short but satisfying weaving
together of art, sex and death. It is light on action and has only a
slender plot, but it is atmospheric and compelling in its presentation
of characters and its evocation of a "noir" Seoul.
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