The Library of Korean Literature, published by Dalkey Archive Press with support from LTI Korea, presents modern classics of Korean literature in translation, featuring works by some of the most celebrated Korean writers from the late modern period through to the present day. The purpose of the series is to introduce the intellectual and aesthetic diversity of Korean literature to readers worldwide.

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    Beauty Looks Down on Me

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    2017
    / Literature - Korean literature - Contemporary fiction
    Beauty Looks Down On Me is a collection of by turns sad and funny stories about the thwarted expectations of the young as they grow older. HeeKyung’s characters are misfits who by virtue of their...
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    The Amusing Life

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    2016
    / Literature - Korean literature - Contemporary fiction
    The Amusing Life is a collection of over forty stories, sketches, vignettes and fables that search out the comical, even the absurd, aspects of everyday life. Along the way, the conventions and mores...
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    Evening Proposal

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    2016
    / Literature - Korean literature - Contemporary fiction
    Evening Proposal is a collection of eight stories about the grim and often faceless nature of urban life. Faintly reminiscent of Franz Kafka, the stories range from a man who discovers that his job...
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    The Library of Musical Instruments

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    2016
    / Literature - Korean literature - Contemporary fiction
    The second short-story collection by Kim Jung-hyuk, the author of Penguin News, features a total of eight short stories, including "Syncopation D" which won the 2nd Kim You-jeong Literary Award in...
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    A Good Family

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    2015
    / Literature - Korean literature - Contemporary fiction
    This collection of eight stories—cynical and sympathetic by turns—represents the author’s attempt to document and understand the conflicts, resentments, hatreds, and anxieties of contemporary family...
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    God Has No Grandchildren

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    2015
    / Literature - Korean literature - Contemporary fiction
    The nine stories that make up this collection depict a wide variety of contemporary Koreans navigating a world focused on material wealth and social power, in which family ties have been disrupted...
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    The Private Life of Plants

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    2015
    / Literature - Korean literature - Contemporary fiction
    The Private Life of Plants is about the ways in which desire can both worsen and mitigate our flaws. We meet amputee sons whose mothers cart them from brothel to brothel; we meet brothers who love...
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    Son of Man

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    2015
    / Literature - Korean literature - Contemporary fiction
    One of the greatest living Korean writers here details the quest of a young seminary student seeking transcendence, running through many Western and East Asian theologies in the process. Deciding...
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    Rina

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    2015
    / Literature - Korean literature - Contemporary fiction
    Rina is a defector from a country that might be North Korea, traversing an "empty and futile" landscape. Along the way, she is forced to work at a chemical plant, murders a few people, becomes a...
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    Pavane for a Dead Princess

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    2014
    / Literature - Korean literature - Contemporary fiction
    Following the relationship between a man with matinee-idol good looks and “the ugliest woman of the century,” Pavane for a Dead Princess examines how contemporary Korea’s obsession with beauty is its...

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