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'Kim Sam-soon' Gives New Life to Children's Classic

2005/08/24 | 157 views | Permalink | Source

In an instance of what corporate gurus like to call synergy, the MBC hit drama "My Name is Kim Sam-soon" has given a new lease of life to a children's book by the late German author Michael Ende. "Momo", by the bestselling author of "The Neverending Story", is Sam-soon's favorite book in the ratings-buster and has given rise both to skyrocketing sales for the three-decades-old fantasy tale and mounting interest in the writer.

Influenced by his father, a surrealist painter, Michael Ende (1929-1995) wrote a variety of novels of a mostly fantastic bend as well as plays and poems. His books were translated into more than 40 languages and shifted 20 million copies throughout the world. "Momo", the story of a little girl battling the "grey men" in their campaign to steal Time, is recording fresh sales of 300,000 copies since "My Name is Kim Sam-soon" was aired.

Ende's unfinished posthumous novel "Der Niemandsgarten", published here under the title of "the Garden of Oblivion" in late July by Darim, and his fantasy novel "The Prison of Liberty", brought out last March by Bomulchango, have been well received by the public and a second print run came out a week after publication.

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