Hadong and Gurye

  Countryside charms and nature's beauty await along the banks of the Seomjingang River   Gazing southeast, the sun rises slowly but surely over the horizon. The Seomjingang River’s pristine waters reflect the morning light…

Old Is New Again

Young entrepreneurs use old buildings to give Seoul new life   “Dull, inert cities, it is true, do contain the seeds of their own destruction and little else. But lively, diverse, intense cities contain the seeds of their own regeneration,…

A Paean to the Immigrant Experience

Min Jin Lee’s “Pachinko” explores the lives of Japan’s Korean community

High-strung Tension, Squirm-inducing Dread

Jeong You-jeon’s “The Good Son” might prove true all the hype about Korean crime fiction The latest English translation of a Korean best seller arrives on a wave of hype, stellar reviews and high expectations. Jeong You-jeong’s psychological-crime-horror-thriller…

The White Book

Nominated for the Booker Prize, Han Kang’s latest novel asks if literature can heal real-life tragedy Korean novelist Han Kang became an international literary sensation after the English translation of her novel “The Vegetarian” was published…
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A Challenging Tale of First Love

Choi Eunyoung’s ‘The Summer’ explores same-sex relationships in a not-entirely-welcoming society
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Unescapable Roots

Chung Han-ah’s novella ‘Halloween’ explores some unconventional ties
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Keeping It Real

‘Sweet Potato: Collected Short Stories by Kim Tongin’ offers an unfiltered look at life in early modern Korea
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Elephant in the Room, Unveiled

‘Sunset: A Ch’ae Manshik Reader’ profiles a writer as he grapples with his past
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Adventures in Liminality

Jeon Sungtae’s ‘Wolves’ is Korean literature in a non-Korean setting
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Graphic Understanding

Hong Yeon-Sik’s manhwa “Uncomfortably Happily” explores marriage, success and contemporary Korean society