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    Reading Korean literature in the era of the Korean novelist

    Republic of Korea
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    Jan 15, 2019
    Korea has a rich and fast-growing library of modern literature. The list of writers of novels, short stories, and other works is long. Korean writers have taken a significant place in world literature. Their translators are also making names for themselves. These Korean writers, some contemporary...
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    過去に復讐される男のサスペンス『ホール』

    Japan
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    Nov 20, 2018
    An Introduction of PYUN HYE YOUNG's <ホール = 홀> 過去は取り戻せない。 過ぎてしまった時間に刻み込まれた自分の行いは、いつか巡りめぐって我が身を縛ることになるかもしれない。それがわかっているから、過去を振り返るとき人は見悶えするような悔恨の念に駆られることがある。しかし、時間の流れを遡ることはできない。
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    【今週はこれを読め! ミステリー編】過去に復讐される男のサスペンス『ホール』

    Japan
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    Nov 20, 2018
    An Itroduction of PYUN HYE YOUNG's <ホール = 홀> ピョン・ヘヨン『ホール』(書肆侃侃房)は、過去に復讐される男を主人公とした、息詰まるサスペンスである。主人公のオギは、大学で地図学を教えている人物で、名前の明かされない妻と二人暮らしをしている。親族は他に妻の母である義母がいるだけだ。物語はオギが病院で目覚めるところから始まる。
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    ホール

    Japan
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    2018
    / Literature - Korean literature - Contemporary fiction
    交通事故により、病院でめざめたオギを待っていたのは、混乱・絶望・諦め…。不安と恐怖の中で、オギはいやおうなく過去を一つひとつ検証していくことになる。それとともに事故へ至る軌跡が少しずつ読者に明かされていくのだが。わずかに残された希望の光が見えたとき、オギはー。アメリカの文学賞、シャーリイ・ジャクスン賞2017。韓国の小説家で初の長編部門受賞作。 Source URL: https://books...
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    Kathie's Reviews : City of Ash and Red

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    Nov 23, 2018

    Rounded up from 3.5. City of Ash & Red is the first translated book I’ve read this year and had me all over the spectrum emotionally, mostly in the anxious and disturbed realm. There are certainly nods to Kafka, but the tale itself is a unique blend of dystopian surrealism that is both...

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    Pile By the Bed's Reviews : City of Ash and Red

    U.S.A.
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    Nov 16, 2018

    There are so many interesting novels coming out of Korea at the moment – challenging established tropes across a range of genres. Just this year there has been the psychothriller The Good Son, the anti-hero crime drama The Plotters and Toward Dusk, another masterpiece of introspection and...

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    Cheyanne Lepka's Reviews : City of Ash and Red

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    Oct 28, 2018

    This is the type of book that left me sitting there going, what the hell did I just read? And don't get me wrong, that's my favourite kind of book. Even days after finishing, I’m thinking about the book and seriously considering rereading it. It’s an interesting combination of dystopian and...

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    SarahKat's Reviews : The Hole

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    Feb 6, 2018

    The Hole was only the second book by a Korean author I read, the first being The Vegetarian. Perhaps it's a coincidence, but both of these books seemed to have similar themes (plants being almost revered and (view spoiler)) along with a shared eerie vibe... 

     

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    Paul's Reviews : The Hole

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    Dec 6, 2017

    This novel started as a short story in the New Yorker which I found so compelling that I had to find out what happened next. While the entire book is worthwhile, with the story expanded out to 200 pages it loses some of the economy and suspense that were coiled up in that original story......

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    Laurie's Reviews : The Hole

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    Nov 15, 2017

    It is fairly impossible to determine exactly what is so disturbing in a story that is a nightmare situation. Any of us would be horrified to wake up and discover we are in a hospital, paralyzed, and unable to speak. Oghi is in this situation and his only remaining family is his mother-in-law....

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