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    THE BEST KOREAN FICTION IN TRANSLATION

    November 5, 2020
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    Best Books 2020

    Ha’s nitro-fueled collection captures the dark side of South Korean society in mischievous, unapologetic feminist stories. Shocking violence occurs between a new married couple, a dog is stolen, and neighbors are suspiciously noisy among other disturbances in this wonderfully weird book.
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    For Fall, 4 Literary Escapes — Worldly And Otherworldly

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    November 1, 2020
    In a recent issue of n+1 , contributor Nausicaa Renner formally renounced reading essays about coronavirus. Until quarantine ends, she wrote , "I vow to only read fiction. For me, the well of individual experience has run dry." For me, though, reading fiction is no guarantee of release from my...
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    Four Literary Escapes—Worldly and Otherworldly

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    November 2, 2020
    In a recent issue of n+1 , contributor Nausicaa Renner formally renounced reading essays about coronavirus. Until quarantine ends, she wrote , "I vow to only read fiction. For me, the well of individual experience has run dry." For me, though, reading fiction is no guarantee of release from my...
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    The workplace still isn’t equal for women

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    August 19, 2020
    The novel, Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 , illustrates the struggle of an ordinary Korean woman, Jiyoung, to prove her worth in a surrounding that insists on putting a feather in men’s cap, even when they do not deserve it. She is a reflection of all those women who leave their jobs and careers because of...
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    Eerie Detachment and The Domestic Surreal: A Review of Ha Seong-Nan’s Bluebeard’s First Wife

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    August 20, 2020
    “Bluebeard’s First Wife,” originally published in 2002, is a collection of short stories from South Korean author Ha Seong-Nan. Ha Seong-Nan has won five major literary awards in Korea, including the Contemporary Literature Award in 2009. Her second collection finally got an English-language...
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    Bluebeard’s First Wife by Ha Seong-nan, review: pertinent short story collection from celebrated Korean author

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    June 12, 2020
    In Korean writer Ha Seong-nan’s most recently translated work, apparently ordinary characters and situations surreptitiously slip off-kilter. These stories act as acute reminders of how our supposedly normal lives can quickly become much stranger. Take “On That Green, Green Grass”, for example: a...
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    5 new books to read in June

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    May 29, 2020
    Every month, a deluge of new books comes flooding out from big publishers, indie houses, and self-publishing platforms. So every month, The A.V. Club narrows down the endless options to five of the books we’re most excited about.
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    Bluebeard's First Wife

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    2020
    / Literature - Korean literature - Contemporary fiction
    Disasters, accidents, and deaths abound in Bluebeard’s First Wife. A woman spends a night with her fiancé and his friends, and overhears a terrible secret that has bound them together since high...
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    Flowers of Mold & Other Stories

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    2019
    / Literature - Korean literature - Contemporary fiction
    On the surface, Ha Seong-nan’s stories seem pleasant enough, yet there’s something disturbing just below the surface, ready to permanently disrupt the characters’ lives. A woman meets her next-door...

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