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The Library provides information on where to purchase e-books of Korean literature. In addition, you can find free e-books in the Library's digital collection

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  • Clear CommandmentsKim Dong-In

    Kim Dong-in (1900 – 1951), together with Yi Kwang-su, is one of early modern Korean literature’s representative writers of “pure” fiction. His debut work “The Sorrow of the Weak,” which appeared in the journal Changjo (Creation) in 1919, is considered the first Korean short story to focus in...
  • Our Toes Are AlikeKim Dong-In

    Kim Dong-in (1900 – 1951), together with Yi Kwang-su, is one of early modern Korean literature’s representative writers of “pure” fiction. His debut work “The Sorrow of the Weak,” which appeared in the journal Changjo (Creation) in 1919, is considered the first Korean short story to focus in...
  • The Human ArachnidKye Yong-muk

    Kye Yong-muk (1904 - 1961), was born Ha Tae-yong on September 8, 1904, in Seoncheon, Pyeonganbuk-do, Korea. He attended Whimoon Normal School (present day Whimoon High School), and began his literary pursuits alongside the pioneers of modern Korean literature, including authors such as Yom Sang-...
  • Like a Chicken on a Folding ScreenKye Yong-muk

    Kye Yong-muk (1904 - 1961), was born Ha Tae-yong on September 8, 1904, in Seoncheon, Pyeonganbuk-do, Korea. He attended Whimoon Normal School (present day Whimoon High School), and began his literary pursuits alongside the pioneers of modern Korean literature, including authors such as Yom Sang-...
  • Counting StarsKye Yong-muk

    Kye Yong-muk (1904 - 1961), was born Ha Tae-yong on September 8, 1904, in Seoncheon, Pyeonganbuk-do, Korea. He attended Whimoon Normal School (present day Whimoon High School), and began his literary pursuits alongside the pioneers of modern Korean literature, including authors such as Yom Sang-...
  • Mother and ChildKang Kyung-ae

    Kang Kyung-ae (1906 – 1944) was a leading writer, feminist, and labor activist during the colonial era. After publishing her short story “Broken Strings” in the Chosun Ilbo newspaper in 1931, she migrated to Gando, a.k.a. Jiandao in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture of northern China. As a...
  • The FarmersCho Myung-hee

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    Cho Myung-hee is a representative writer of the Japanese colonial period who followed the communist ideologies of KAPF (Korean Federation of Proletarian Art) and fiercely depicted in literature the dark reality of farm life in those days. “The Farmers” is one of his representative stories. It...
  • Frozen FishCh'ae Man-Sik

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    2013
    Ch'ae Man-Sik is considered to be one of the most emblematic novelists of the Japanese colonial period in Korea. He produced works that authentically showcased the social realities and conflicts of the time. The title Frozen Fish depicts Joseon intellectuals that were unable to live autonomous...
  • Transgressor of the NationCh'ae Man-Sik

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    2013
    Ch'ae Man-Sik is considered to be one of the most emblematic novelists of the Japanese colonial period in Korea. He produced works that authentically showcased the social realities and conflicts of the time. Transgressor of the Nation is a novella that was serialized in the magazine, Baik Min, from...
  • HomeHyun Jin-geon

    “Home,” which came out in 1926, is a concise portrait of colonial Korea. This short work summarizes Korea of the 1920s, when the Japanese Empire’s colonial exploitation of the peninsula had reached its full stride, by focusing on one unique character. The narrator is seated in a train car with a...
  • Poor Man's WifeHyun Jin-geon

    “Poor Man’s Wife” explores the conflict between art and daily life. A heavily autobiographical work, the story is told from the point of view of an aspiring novelist who has chosen a life of poverty and hardship in order to focus on his writing. One day, after witnessing the contrast between their...
  • Dying WordsYi Sang

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    2013
    Yi Sang was one of Korea’s most innovative writers of modern literature, enough to deem him Korea’s finest modernist. He died at the early age of 27, but despite his short literary career, he produced surreal and highly experimental pieces that were avant-garde and far ahead of their time. “Dying...

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