Fleur noire

Editions Philippe Picquier
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Fleur noire raconte l'histoire vraie de 1033 Coréens partis émigrer au Mexique au début du XXe siècle, fuyant leur pays envahi par le Japon. Vendus à leur insu à des propriétaires terriens pour travailler sur des plantations de sisal, ils doivent s'adapter à des conditions de vie effroyables sur une terre hostile. Quarante-quatre d'entre eux s'enfoncent dans la jungle pour rejoindre la révolution qui a éclaté au Guatemala et fondent un Etat éphémère sur le site maya de Tikal. Kim Young-ha s'est longuement documenté pour écrire l'incroyable destinée de ces Coréens partis à l'autre bout du monde chercher une vie meilleure, et qui se sont fondus dans l'histoire mouvementée d'un peuple et d'un continent qui n'étaient pas les leurs.
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Publisher
Editions Philippe Picquier
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Published on
Nov 30, 2011
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Pages
496
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ISBN
9782809707700
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Language
French
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Genres
Fiction / General
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