In this series of downloadable e-books, the Literature Translation Institute of Korea introduces 50 short stories by 22 prominent Korean writers. These stories were presented in between 1910 and 1950, spanning from the Japanese colonial era to the beginning of the Korean War. LTI Korea has carried on its e-book project since 2013 in order to provide a wide-ranging selection of Korean literature for e-book readers around the world, and the diverse selection of e-books included in this series are the results of this effort.

  • PomegranateLee Hyoseok

    Lee Hyoseok (1907 – 1942) is counted among Korea’s best short story writers along with the likes of Hyun Jin-geon, Yi Taejun, and Park Taewon. Together with his contemporary Yu Jinoh, he was classified as a “fellow traveler” writer. Such an epithet was used to describe writers who, while not...
  • The DriftersHyun Kyung-jun

    Hyun Kyung-jun was born in the town of Myeongchon in North Hamgyeong Province in 1909. In the late 1920s, he traveled to Siberia and then went to Japan for his study. He began his career as a writer in 1934 with the serialization of his work “The Sun of the Heart” in the daily Joseon Ilbo and the...
  • ConsumptionChoi Seo-hae

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    Born in Seongjin in North Hamgyeong Province in 1901, Choi Seo-hae (1901-1932) wandered the Gando area from an early age, leading a rock-bottom existence. However, despite a lack of formal education, he had a burning desire to pursue literature. He was able to debut as a writer when “Homeland” was...
  • Hunger and SlaughterChoi Seo-hae

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    2014
    Born in Seongjin in North Hamgyeong Province in 1901, Choi Seo-hae (1901-1932) wandered the Gando area from an early age, leading a rock-bottom existence. However, despite a lack of formal education, he had a burning desire to pursue literature. He was able to debut as a writer when “Homeland” was...
  • HomelandChoi Seo-hae

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    2014
    Born in Seongjin in North Hamgyeong Province in 1901, Choi Seo-hae (1901-1932) wandered the Gando area from an early age, leading a rock-bottom existence. However, despite a lack of formal education, he had a burning desire to pursue literature. He was able to debut as a writer when “Homeland” was...
  • Three PathsCh'ae Man-Sik

    Ch’ae Man-Sik (1902 – 1950) was born in Okgu, North Jeolla Province in 1902. His pen names are Baek-reung and Chae-ong. He produced works that authentically showcased the social realities and conflicts of the time such as “My Innocent Uncle” (1938), Turbid Waters (1937-1938), Peace Under Heaven (...
  • The CuckooCh'ae Man-Sik

    Ch’ae Man-Sik (1902 – 1950) was born in Okgu, North Jeolla Province in 1902. His pen names are Baek-reung and Chae-ong. He produced works that authentically showcased the social realities and conflicts of the time such as “My Innocent Uncle” (1938), Turbid Waters (1937-1938), Peace Under Heaven (...
  • Into the GroundCho Myung-hee

    Cho Myung-hee (1894 – 1938) was born in 1894 in Jincheon, North Chungcheong Province. His pen name was Poseok. He graduated from Jungang High School in Seoul and studied philosophy at Toyo University in Japan. He first established himself as an author in 1925 with the publication of “Into the...
  • Low Pressure FrontCho Myung-hee

    Cho Myung-hee (1894 – 1938) was born in 1894 in Jincheon, North Chungcheong Province. His pen name was Poseok. He graduated from Jungang High School in Seoul and studied philosophy at Toyo University in Japan. He first established himself as an author in 1925 with the publication of “Into the...
  • Longing for HomeJeong In-taek

    A reporter for Maeil sinbo and Munjang, Jeong In-taek (1909 – 1953) debuted by publishing “Two Wanderers” in Maeil sinbo in 1930. The excessive self-awareness of the powerless intellectual we see in “Clock” and “Candlewax” are favorite themes in Jeong In-taek’s stories. Psychologism literature,...

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