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"Princess Bari tells the story of a young girl, frail and brave, who escapes from famine and death in North Korea in the 1990s. Seeking refuge in China before crossing oceans in the hold of a cargo ship, she disembarks in London, with its strange mix of different cultures, religions, and languages. In this foreign city, Bari becomes a masseuse, but she doesn't just heal the body, she also comforts souls, having learnt from her beloved grandmother to read the pain and nightmares of others. Alone and in a strange land, Bari will have to fight, through pain and deepening sadness, to find love and the will to stay alive. With Princess Bari, Hwang Sok-Yong entwines an old Korean myth-- of an abandoned princess travelling to the ends of the earth to find the elixir of life, which will bring peace to the souls of the dead--with the ethereal and haunting backdrop of the modern world."-- Provided by publisher.
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