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Review: Wayfarer: New Fiction By Korean Women

Wayfarer: New Fiction by Korean Women is edited by Bruce and Ju-Chan Fulton, which is typically an indication that the contents will be of high value and quality. The introduction, which is uncredited but sounds like the work of the Fultons, is a quick gloss of the historical position that women writers inhabited; to put…

KTLIT on 1013 Main Street (TBS eFM): The collection “Waxen Wings”

After choking on a question the week before (“what authors are in the collection Waxen Wings?”), I came back last week to answer the question and describe the book (edited by Bruce Fulton). You can hear that segment in its entirety, below.   http://www.ktlit.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/120306_CharlesM.mp3 iPod or download here http://www.ktlit.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/120306_CharlesM.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

Review: The Cruel City

The Cruel City is one of those anthologies that might have made sense in Korean language and culture, but which seem illy conceived and unfocused in English-language practice. Hints that this might be the case are present even in the introduction, which not only completely neglects to address one of the stories in the book,…

The Three Percent Dissolution: How to fail at “International Literature” from the University of Rochester

The “Three Percent” website just put out a press release announcing its nominations for the best translated literature of the previous year. Here is the first paragraph of the press release: The 25-title fiction longlist for the 2011 Best Translated Book Awards was announced this morning at Three Percent—a resource for international literature at the…

“Three Days in That Autumn” by Pak Wanseo

The Portable Library of Korean Literature • Short Fiction • 8 • Jimoondang Publishing • Seoul Pak Wanseo’s (as her name is spelled on the book cover) Three Days in That Autumn is an austere, almost frigid account of the end days of a gynecologist (abortionist, actually) and her practice. The title is a clever…