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    Inner Reflections: Beauty Despises Me by Eun Heekyung

    Republic of Korea
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    FEB 16 2015

    Eun Heekyung, born in 1959, is, along with Shin Kyung-sook and Gong Ji-Young, one of the leading female writers in South Korea. Her short story collection, Beauty Despises Me, was recently translated and published in Japan for the first time. The collection delineates the absurdity of our lives...

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    [Critique] Does the Citadel of Desire Assure a Wonderful Life?

    Republic of Korea
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    2008 Summer
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    Contemporary Love: El Restaurante de Sukiyaki by Bae Suah

    Republic of Korea
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    FEB 16 2015

    Just when it seemed as though 20th century literature had exhausted the possibilities of choral narrative, along comes Bae Suah. In El Restaurante de Sukiyaki (The Sukiyaki Restaurant), the author, born in 1965, has invented a narrative machine that interweaves parallel stories in which the...

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    [Critique] Mending the Cracks Between Islands Adrift in the City

    Republic of Korea
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    Spring, 2007
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    Fantastic Grace: Le Quartier chinois by Oh Jung-Hee

    Republic of Korea
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    FEB 16 2015

    At first it is a special type of music, subtle and heady all at once, that seeps into all your pores and sweeps you into the mysterious and profound depths of the not easily captivated human soul. And then, on a second reading, you discover other strata, other paths, other movements, other...

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    Finding a Home: The Square by Choi In-hun

    Republic of Korea
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    FEB 16 2015

    In Choi In-hun’s 1960 novel, The Square, “the square” represents a place where “no one knows or wants to know who you are and what you are.” Torn between two countries, two ideologies, and two histories, the novel’s protagonist, Lee Myong-jun, must find in what country his square is. When the...

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    [Critique] Subduing the Violence of Ideology with Pen and Paper

    Republic of Korea
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    2007 Summer
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    [Critique] Park Min-gyu Blends Adroit Humor with Insightful Criticism

    Republic of Korea
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    2008 Spring
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    [Critique] Plumbing the Imagination to Elude the Anguish of Trauma

    Republic of Korea
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    2008 Autumn
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    In Search of a Forgotten Land: The Republic of Užupis by Haïlji

    Republic of Korea
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    FEB 16 2015

    When The Repulic of Užupis by Haïlji opens, Hal, a Korean traveling to Lithuania, is explaining the purpose of his trip to an immigration officer. He has come to bury his father’s ashes in his homeland—The Republic of Užupis, an independent state not far from Vilnius. However, whenever he...

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