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Crying in H-Mart explores Korean food as a language of love between mother and...

Michelle Zauner’s recently released memoir Crying in H-Mart is a beautifully incandescent mother-and-daughter story full of heart and humor. When her New Yorker essay of the same name went viral in 2018, Zauner’s words...

“One Left” is a landmark Korean novel about one former Comfort Woman who is...

Throughout the course of her life, the protagonist of Kim Soom’s One Left has been known by many names. In the novel, however, she is simply “she” or “the woman,” an unremarkable, single, 93-year...

‘One Left’ is a landmark Korean novel about one former Comfort Woman who is...

Throughout the course of her life, the protagonist of Kim Soom’s One Left (translated by Bruce and Ju-Chan Fulton) has been known by many names. In the novel, however, she is simply “she” or “the...

“Untold Night and Day” by literary icon Bae Suah reads as a phantasmagoric fever...

Untold Night and Day, literary icon Bae Suah’s most recent novel to be translated into English, is a vibrant and enigmatic meditation on the nature of existence and what happens when boundaries are dissolved. In...

Set in South Korea in the 1980s, the strained father-daughter relationship in “Catcher in...

“Violence for its own sake doesn’t work. All you get from brute violence is hatred and resistance. The distillation of terror involves a sequence, it requires fundamentals. Perfect your technique, and you can bring...

“Almond” explores an unlikely friendship between two boys on different ends of an emotional...

How are monsters created? Are they born this way or do they become this way? In her new coming-of-age novel Almond (deftly translated into English by Sandy Joosun Lee), acclaimed director, screenwriter and novelist...

“Princess Bari” is a modern retelling of a Korean folktale with themes of human...

Hwang Sok-yong’s recent novel Princess Bari takes its name from the Korean myth of a seventh daughter of a royal family who travels to the ends of the world to find an elixir that...

Novel “At Dusk” explores human toll of South Korea’s rapid modernization

In his recent novel At Dusk, celebrated author Hwang Sok-yong explores the human toll of South Korea’s rapid modernization. His story provides a glimpse into the lives of two Seoul-ites: Park Minwoo, a prominent...

Hye-young Pyun’s novel “The Hole” is a suspenseful narrative about the holes we dig...

What does it mean to be truly alone? This is the question that Hye-young Pyun explores in her recent novel The Hole. In this tense and unnerving story, Pyun introduces Oghi, a nondescript, somewhat...

Yoojin Grace Wuertz’ novel “Everything Belongs to Us” follows the lives of three college...

By the year 1978, South Korea was beginning to reckon with the human consequences of transforming from a developing to developed country in a single generation. The so-called Miracle on the Han owes a...