Author : Bae Ji-young 배지영

Publisher :EunHaengNaMu 은행나무

What people who did not even have a chance for a proper breakup earnestly wanted is not a meeting but saying goodbye. The author of ‘Lincoln Town Car’ and ‘OranC’, Bae ji-young, presents her new novel in 5 years “Passionate Goodbye”. It is a story of people who did not have a proper breakup. The novel shows that there is a marvelous miracle of love that is completed only after a hot breakup.

제대로 된 이별의 기회조차 가지지 못한 사람들이 간절히 원하던 것은 바로 만남이 아니라 헤어짐입니다. 그것도 아주 뜨겁게 헤어지는것입니다. ‘링컨타운카 베이비’ ‘오란씨’의 작가 배지영이 5년만에 신작 소설 ‘안녕, 뜨겁게’를 발표했습니다. 오늘 책넘기는 소리시간에 소개해 드리는 소설 ‘안녕, 뜨겁게’는 제대로 이별하지 못한 사람들의 이야기입니다. 소설은 뜨겁게 이별함으로서 비로소 완전해지는 경이로운 사랑의 기적이 있음을 보여줍니다.

“Passionate Goodbye” is a novel that contains an element of fantasy, aliens. It throws a question that sounds like a cliché but that cannot be easily answered ‘what is true love?’. To a woman who is living a purposeless life after separating with her beloved son, a man who places lost people through communication with UFO, aliens and external beings appears one day. The man and woman continue cheerful and touching happenings in order to complete an unfinished farewell.

소설 ‘안녕, 뜨겁게’는 외계인이라는 판타지적 요소가 결합된 소설로, 진정한 사랑은 과연 무엇인가,에 대한 진부하게 들리지만 결코 쉽게답할 수 없는 질문을 던집니다. 사랑하는 이들과의 이별을 겪고 무미건조하게 살아오던 한 여자의 인생에 어느 날 UFO, 외계인 그리고 외계 존재와의 교신을 통해 실종된 사람을 찾아주는 한 남자가 끼어듭니다. 그리고 그 남자와 여자는 미완으로 끝난 이별을 완성하기 위해유쾌하고 가슴 뭉클한 해프닝들을 이어갑니다.

First-year intern reporter who was “mistakenly” hired by a monthly magazine. “Yoon Jae-yi”, a 29-year-old, who just repeats idling in life without a dream, vision, and passion tires to interview ‘Bae Myung-ho’ who apparently places lost people through communication with aliens. Jae-yi eventually manages to meet this tragic man who has placed many people but his own lost wife.

월간지의 “실수로” 뽑힌 1년차 인턴 기자. 꿈도, 열정도 없이 삶의 한가운데에서 공회전만 반복해오던 스물아홉 살 ‘윤제이’는 외계인과의교신을 통해 실종된 사람들을 찾아준다는 ‘배명호’라는 사람을 취재하려 합니다. 그간 수많은 사람들을 찾아왔음에도 정작 잃어버린 자기아내는 아직 찾지 못한 이 비운의 남자를 제이는 여기저기 탐문한 끝에 가까스로 만나게 됩니다.

Myung-ho who spat out unintelligible words at their first meeting is mind-captured by Jae-yi’s ear. Jae-yi’s ear had a scar that he got when he encountered a UFO when he was little, but Myong-ho had the same scar. It was a scar made when the aliens inserted a chip in order to delete all the memories from the day of the abduction. This meant that Myung-ho and Jae-yi were abducted by the same alien on the same day.

만나자마자 뜻 모를 단어들을 내뱉던 배명호는 별안간 제이의 귀를 보고 시선을 사로잡히고 맙니다. 제이의 귀에는 어릴 적 UFO와 마주쳤다가 얻게 된 흉터가 있었는데, 같은 상처가 배명호에게도 있었던 것입니다. 그 흉터는 외계인이 납치 당일의 기억을 삭제하기 위해 칩을 삽입하다 생긴 흔적이었고, 배명호와 윤제이는 같은 날 동일한 외계인이 서로의 상대들을 납치했다는 걸 의미합니다.

Myung-ho, in order to find his lost wife, and Jae-yi, in order to find his lost father, begin to dig through the pieces of memories buried in their hearts. Through a technique called ‘Channeling’, Myung-ho becomes able to communicate with ‘Grey Hunter’ who hunts aliens who break laws. The ‘Grey Hunter’ creates a ‘Memory Cube’ by extracting memories form Myung-ho and Jae-yi. He can find out the names of the aliens who abducted Jae-yi’s father and Myung-ho’s wife through this memory cube. But in order to complete the memory cube there is one requirement. It is that they who share the memory must tell only the truth without a single lie.

배명호는 잃어버린 아내를, 윤제이는 사라져버린 아버지를 찾기 위해 가슴 속에 묻어두었던 추억의 조각들을 뒤지기 시작합니다. 배명호는‘채널링’이라는 방법을 통해 범법을 저지른 외계인들을 사냥하는 ‘그레이 사냥꾼’과 교신할 수 있게 됩니다. ‘그레이 사냥꾼’은 배명호와윤제이의 기억을 추출해 ‘기억큐브’를 만드는데, 그 기억큐브를 통해 제이의 아버지와 배명호의 아내를 납치해 간 외계인들의 이름을 알아낼 수 있습니다. 그런데 이 기억큐브가 제대로 완성되기 위해서는 한 가지 조건이 필요합니다. 바로 기억을 공유하는 서로가 서로에게일말의 거짓도 없이 진실해야만 한다는 것입니다.

It might sound absurd but as one reads the novel “Passionate Goodbye”, he realizes that just like the beginning of love was splendid and wonderous like a flash, breakup should also be hotly and beautifully done. The author of the novel, Bae Ji-young made her debut as her mid-length novel ‘OranC’ was presented at the annual spring literary contest of the Dong-A Daily News in 2006 after she graduated in creative writing from Myongji University.

다소 황당한 이야기같지만 소설 ‘안녕, 뜨겁게’를 읽다보면 사랑의 시작이 섬광처럼 화려하고 경이로웠듯이, 이별 역시 뜨겁고 아름답게마무리되어야 비로소 사랑이라는 것을 알게 됩니다. 이 책의 작가인 소설가 배지영은 명지대학교 문예창작학과 졸업한 후 2006년 〈동아일보〉 신춘문예에 중편소설 〈오란씨〉가 당선되며 등단했습니다.