Sunday, October 30, 2016

Lord Elgin at the Acropolis, by Minsoo Kang

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(Modern Fantasy) The art director sees that a famous painting has been replaced with a forgery, but no one but him can see the difference. (4,774 words; Time: 15m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average

"Lord Elgin at the Acropolis," by , appeared in issue 11-12|16, published on by .

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Pro: Although Director No, Detective O, and novelist An never quite figure out what happened to the  painting, we know. Plein Air by Lantier is a fictional painting in Zola's novel "L'Œvre." Charles Strickland is a fictional painter in Maugham's "The Moon and Sixpence." The characters in the story are living in an alternate reality; things that only exist in stories in our world are real to them.

Lord Elgin is the man who stole half the artwork from the Parthenon in Athens (atop the Acropolis) and moved it to the British Museum in London. One might conclude, then, that "Lord Elgin" is really the author himself, "stealing" these imaginary works from their world so he can show them in ours.

Con: It's very cute, but it doesn't really amount to much of a story.

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