E-books

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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  • 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...
  • BunnyeoLee Hyoseok

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    2013
    Lee Hyoseok’s works are generally categorized as having three tendencies: the tendency of the “fellow traveler,” eroticism, and xenophilia. In earlier years, Lee wrote as a “fellow traveler,” publishing socially critical works. Then along with the general decline of proletarian literature, he...
  • Tale of a Mad PainterKim Dong-In

    Kim Dong-in is one of early modern Korean literature’s representative writers of “pure” fiction. Kim declared that fiction should create an autonomous world whose value inhered within itself. In “Tale of a Mad Painter”, Kim’s aestheticist tendencies are on full display. The protagonist Solgeo...
  • Lashing: Notes from a Prison JournalKim Dong-In

    Kim Dong-in is one of early modern Korean literature’s representative writers of “pure” fiction. Kim declared that fiction should create an autonomous world whose value inhered within itself. The short story “Lashing”, in showing conflicts among prisoners under extreme duress in jail, exposes...
  • Into the LightKim Sa-ryang

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    2013
    Kim Sa-ryang’s literary activities started after his enrollment at Tokyo National University when he was studying German literature. Despite the fact that most of his works are published in Japanese, they are highly regarded for their elaborate projection of Korea’s reality of the time and the...
  • The Golden Bean PatchKim Yu-Jeong

    Kim Yu-jeong’s prose, with its liberal use of lively onomatopoeia, rustic dialects, and homespun colloquialisms, lends great animation to his subjects, providing readers with vitality-filled sketches of the impoverished and miserable lives lived by the lowest classes in rural villages under...
  • The Heat of the SunKim Yu-Jeong

    Kim Yu-jeong’s prose, with its liberal use of lively onomatopoeia, rustic dialects, and homespun colloquialisms, lends great animation to his subjects, providing readers with vitality-filled sketches of the impoverished and miserable lives lived by the lowest classes in rural villages under...
  • The Water MillNa Do-hyang

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    2013
    Na Do-hyang is considered to be a representative author of colonial Korea, for he clearly depicted the dark realities of that time. “The Water Mill”, along with his other short story “Mulberry”, is the most representative of his realistic writing style. By illustrating a tragic love affair that...
  • PovertyBaek Sin-ae

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    2013
    Written by one of Korea's leading female writers of the 1930s, "Poverty" primarily deals with poverty and women. In this story, an Old Woman from Maechon Place is responsible for the livelihood of her family members who, in a state of absolute poverty, have lost the ability to manage their basic...

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