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I Am the Subway by Kim Hyo-eun (translated by Deborah Smith)


I Am the Subway by Kim Hyo-eun (translated by Deborah Smith)


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Accompanied by the constant, rumbling ba-dum ba-dum of its passage through the city, the subway has stories to tell. Between sunrise and sunset, it welcomes and farewells people, and holds them—along with their joys, hopes, fears, and memories—in its embrace.

Originally published in Korean and brought to English-speaking audiences with the help of renowned translator Deborah Smith (The Vegetarian), I Am the Subway vividly reflects the shared humanity that can be found in crowded metropolitan cities.

Selected praise for I Am the Subway:

“In this picture book, a subway train shares intimate stories while ferrying passengers around Seoul … Watercolor washes establish figures and shapes at once suggestive and formalistic; artful lines and gradations detail features, facial expressions, and hairstyles, defining unique human beings amid a sea of anonymity … A contemplative, poignant rendering of everyday journeys.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Lucky readers, climb aboard: extraordinary explorations await.” —Shelf Awareness

"I Am the Subway makes for an unforgettable journey.” —Bookpage

“[S]ensitive, closely observed portraits.” —Publishers Weekly

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