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    Finding a Home: The Square by Choi In-hun

    Republic of Korea
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    FEB 16 2015

    In Choi In-hun’s 1960 novel, The Square, “the square” represents a place where “no one knows or wants to know who you are and what you are.” Torn between two countries, two ideologies, and two histories, the novel’s protagonist, Lee Myong-jun, must find in what country his square is. When the...

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    In Search of a Forgotten Land: The Republic of Užupis by Haïlji

    Republic of Korea
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    FEB 16 2015

    When The Repulic of Užupis by Haïlji opens, Hal, a Korean traveling to Lithuania, is explaining the purpose of his trip to an immigration officer. He has come to bury his father’s ashes in his homeland—The Republic of Užupis, an independent state not far from Vilnius. However, whenever he...