Book Reviews

The Library collects reviews of translated Korean titles in various languages and makes them available online.

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    [Critique] Reading Will Set You Free

    Republic of Korea
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    2014 Autumn
    • Book Review
    • English

    Poet Kim Soo-young, Still Controversial: The Complete Works of Kim Soo-young, Vol.1 (Poems)

    Republic of Korea
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    NOV 03 2014

    Countless poets began writing poetry after the liberation of Korea from Japan. But it is difficult to find another poet who aroused as much interest and stirred as much controversy as Kim Soo-young. He died at the relatively young age of 48 in 1968, but his poetry has become a symbol of freedom...

    • Book Review
    • English

    Troubled Lives Find Respite in Art

    Republic of Korea
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    JUL 16 2015

    Seo In-ju, an artist, dies under uncertain circumstances. Jeong-hee, her best friend, does not believe in the theory that her death was a suicide and decides to lift the curtain on the mystery surrounding her friend’s disappearance. Her investigation leads her to discover the Seoul art scene...

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    A Poetics of Transformations: Mommy Must be a Fountain of Feathers by Kim Hyesoon

    Republic of Korea
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    NOV 08 2014

    In the poem that bears the title of Kim Hyesoon’s remarkable book “Mommy Must be a Fountain of Feathers” (elegantly translated by Don Mee Choi), motherhood blooms outward until the private world of her children is transformed into a vast feathered incubator: At mommy’s house, the floors are...

    • Book Review
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    [Critique] Reality Begets Fantasy, Fantasy Begets Reality

    Republic of Korea
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    2014 Winter
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    Contacting the Beautiful, Dark Truth

    Republic of Korea
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    JUL 16 2015

    The Park Bum Shin novel A Filthy Desk is a tale set in the wretched sixty to seventy-year period of an impoverished Korea, before and during Park Chung-hee’s Yushin government. With special consideration given to the perspective of the populist elements, the realistic background and its...

    • Book Review
    • English

    [Critique] The Light Beyond Unbearable Sadness

    Republic of Korea
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    2015 Summer
    • Book Review
    • English

    Getting Lost Means Finding One’s Way

    Republic of Korea
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    JUL 16 2015

    Indeed, most readers will find Vaseline- Buddha hard to read: an endless, unfiltered flow of thoughts and memories, strange, ordinary, complicated, simple, philosophical, trivial. After all, that is exactly what most of our thoughts are like—long-winded sentences, a jungle of words, the more...

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    Disturbing the Peace: Walking on a Washing Line by Kim Seung-hee

    Republic of Korea
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    NOV 09 2014

    When poet Kim Seung-hee’s most recent volume, Pots Bobbing, was awarded the poetry prize in Korea’s 2006 “This Year’s Art Awards,” I decided that I ought to translate it. I had already translated a few of her earlier poems, and admired her work for its originality and vitality. She suggested...

    • Book Review
    • English

    Disturbing the Peace: Walking on a Washing Line by Kim Seung-hee

    Republic of Korea
    /
    NOV 09 2014

    When poet Kim Seung-hee’s most recent volume, Pots Bobbing, was awarded the poetry prize in Korea’s 2006 “This Year’s Art Awards,” I decided that I ought to translate it. I had already translated a few of her earlier poems, and admired her work for its originality and vitality. She suggested...

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