Despair and hope in the stories of 50 people
Jeong Se-rang’s sensitive and warm hand reaching out even to unseen individuals
In this volume, the stories of characters both inside and outside a university hospital near Seoul connected loosely or tightly unfold in a gripping and moving way. The hardships, sudden accidents, and worries faced by each individual in a novel consisting of 50 chapters are by no means unrelated to the issues faced by South Korean society today. With her unique sensitivity and warmth, Jeong Se-rang searches out for 50 protagonists and holds each of their hands. Through such touches, she dependably and trustworthily conveys the faith that the pain suffered by people now is not theirs alone and must be overcome together by society at large and that this is the only way to proceed to next generations without regret.
The marvel of moments at which our gazes meet
As the story of Fifty People unfolds with a focus on a university hospital, the work features many of the characters who work at the institution. Through meticulous research and consultation, the author presents the tales not only of physicians and nurses but also of security guards, MRI technicians, patient transfer technicians, information personnel, promotion, employees, anatomical technicians, clinical test personnel, air ambulance technicians, public health doctors, pharmaceutical company salespeople, and hospital founders. Added to them are tales of patients who visit the emergency room, psychiatric department, and surgical department, thus rendering the work even more multifaceted and richer. The novel is tightly knit and well-structured, with its 50 characters related to one another as physicians, patients, patients’ families, and families’ friends. At the same time, even marvelous are moments at which completely unrelated figures face one another. In the end, we are perhaps already comforted by the countless people whom we simply pass by.