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    'At Dusk' Exposes South Korea Through A Variety Of Lenses

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    July 21, 2019
    There has to be an equivalent of Americana in each country; art that digs deep into the culture and history of a place in a way that allows those who consume it to get a sense of what that country's shifting zeitgeist is like. With that in mind, Hwang Sok-yong's At Dusk is a perfect slice of...
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    Love, Disappointment Course Through 4 Classic Asian American Novels

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    May 28, 2019
    Korean-American novelist Younghill Kang didn't need to self-publish: He was taken on by Maxwell Perkins, the legendary Scribner's editor who counted Fitzgerald and Hemingway among his authors. Kang's 1937 novel, East Goes West, is a coming-to-America odyssey that charts the wanderings of its hero,...
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    Don't Judge 'The Plotters' By Its Cover ... Blurb

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    Jan 28, 2019
    They say you shouldn't judge books by their covers, but seldom are we warned you shouldn't judge them by their blurbs. Logic indicates it's useless to grow too attached to blurbs, and yet they seem to color our perception of novels. Sometimes blurbs taunt us, sometimes they underwhelm us (how many...
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    'The Incendiaries' Is An Angsty Back-To-School Novel About Believing In God

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    Aug 01, 2018
    R. O. Kwon's pensive debut novel, The Incendiaries, arrives just in time to stoke up "back-to-school" anxieties, especially those of entering college students and their nervous parents.
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    'The White Book' Finds Beauty In Loss

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    Feb. 24, 2019
    Han Kang has been a familiar name to Korean readers for two decades, but it's only recently that English-speaking audiences have been able to read her work. She made her major American debut in 2016, when the English translation of her novel The Vegetarian was released in the States; the horrifying...
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    'City Of Ash And Red' Will Pull You Into Its Nightmare

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    Nov. 10, 2018
    I enjoy books that live between categories, the platypuses of the bookstore, and City of Ash and Red is that type of book. Classified as a thriller, it could also appeal to literary readers or speculative fiction fans. Whatever shelf you want to put it on, it's an anxious nightmare of a novel.
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    Graceful 'Court Dancer' Can't Escape Her Sorrows

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    Aug. 11,2018
    When we first meet Yi Jin, the lithe heroine of Kyung-Sook Shin's atmospheric, tragic novel The Court Dancer translated by Anton Hur, she stands at a ship's helm beside "a tall Frenchman, his pale face covered in a mustache," while she holds "a hat embroidered with roses and a coat to wear later...
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    "NPR’s Book Concierge Our Guide To 2017’s Great Reads"

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    December, 2017
    HUMAN ACTS by Han Kang and PACHINKO by Min Jin Lee included in NPR's "Best Books of 2017" by NPR

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