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Since its publication in 2016, Cho Nam-Joo’s Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 has sold over a million copies in South Korea, been touted as one of the country’s most important feminist novels, and sparked vicious attacks from anti-feminists, which were reignited when the book was adapted into a film in 2019. Given its popularity and the critical role the novel has played in South Korea’s #MeToo movement, I’m a little surprised it has taken four years to be translated into English (by Jamie Chang), but better late than never.

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