Rousseau"s Reveries Available to Korean AudiencesAfter his strolls down country lanes in his later years, Jean-Jacques Rousseau would write down his thoughts. These meditations later became known as "Les Reveries du Promeneur Solitaire" or "Thoughts from Solitary Walks." This collection of essays offers insight into his personality, and recently Kim Chung-hyun has made this side accessable to Korean audiences with a new Korean translation of the work.
The collection begins with the phrase "I am all alone in this world. Only myself, no brothers, no neighbors, no friends, no society." Rousseau was an 18th-century French philosopher and writer, but he was far ahead of his time. Persecuted for alleged "acts against the Church," he was forced to live in exile. The writings penned just before his death are full of contempt and regret, and rebuttals of criticism leveled against him. Kim's translation consists of 10 detailed episodes of his daily life, his hobby of collecting wild plants, and other anecdotes of his exile in Switzerland. But, from out of these seemingly insignificant happenings shine the pride and dignity to which his whole life was dedicated, as well as his constant search for "truth."