Book Reviews

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

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    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...

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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...

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    Words Splitting on the Page: I'm OK, I'm Pig! by Kim Hyesoon

    Republic of Korea
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    NOV 15 2014

    I first heard Kim Hyesoon at Poetry Parnassus, the global festival of poetry which took place in London’s Olympic year. Kim Hyesoon shared the stage with Seamus Heaney. It was the last time I heard Seamus Heaney read in public and the first time I heard Kim Hyesoon, and even at the time it felt...

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    [Critique] Largo From Darkness to Light

    Republic of Korea
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    2015 Spring
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    Robot of Loneliness: One Day, Then Another by Kim Kwang-Kyu

    Republic of Korea
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    NOV 16 2014

    One Day, Then Another, by Kim Kwang- Kyu cannot be simplified into a few themes or concepts. Rather it ranges widely across the world, and through time and space. Kim takes us on a journey through loss and grief, war and shame, death and meanings/iterations of life. His poems take the reader...

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    Functional Family Dysfunction

    Republic of Korea
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    JUL 16 2015

    Throughout Modern Family, Cheon Myeong-kwan’s 2010 novel, the narrator, In-mo, describes the story he is telling as a soap opera. Indeed it has all the hallmarks of the genre: sibling rivalries; long-held secrets; high emotion; money troubles; and a long-suffering mother, striving to hold her...

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    Togetherness Becomes Us

    Republic of Korea
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    APR 20, 2015

    A Warm Family is a collection of poetry that emphasizes the family as the foundation of all human interaction. Kim Huran shows the importance of family and friendship as the fundamental relationships that shape our world. Throughout this work, the poet creates images that show secluded moments...

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