E-News

We provide news about Korean writers and works from all around the world.

English(English) Article

“Sweet Potato: collected short stories” by Kim Tongin

About the Article

Article
http://asianreviewofbooks.com/content/sweet-potato-collected-short-stories-by-kim-tongin/
Journal
Asian Review of Books
Issued Date
September 30, 2017
Page
-
Language
English(English)
Country
HONG KONG
City
-
Book
Sweet Potato
Writer
Kim Dongin
Translator
Grace Jung

About the Author

  • Kim Dong-in
  • Birth : 1900 ~ 1951
  • Occupation : Novelist
  • First Name : Dongin
  • Family Name : Kim
  • Korean Name : 김동인
  • ISNI : -
  • Works : 40
Descriptions - 1 Languages
  • English(English)

As contemporary Korean literature receives increasing acclaim in English-language circles—Han Kang’s The Vegetarian won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize—it is perhaps inevitable that efforts are being made to introduce older Korean classics to the English language mainstream. One of of these is Sweet Potato, a newly-translated volume of short stories by Kim Tongin (or Kim Dong-in) written mostly in the Japanese colonial period between the Wars.“Kim Tongin’s literary achievements had important literary historical significance, leading to the establishment of modern Korean fiction and its rapid popularization,” writes Youngmin Kwon in the introduction. Kim’s place in Korean literary history is perhaps a matter for scholars; not being one, I can only come to this collection more or less as a general reader would.

Translated Books40 See More

Event1

E-News4 See More