Death, to put it indelicately, has worked for artists before – re-emerging artists into the public eye, and re-invigorating sales of back titles. So while it was very sad to note the passing of Kim Moon-Soo on November 5th, the author of the very excellent Chronicles of Manchwidang, I hoped that some of the press…
My Innocent Uncle is a Jimoondang/KLTI volume that contains the title story, the Korean classic A Ready Made Life and Once Upon a Paddy. All of these works are by Ch’ae Man-shik who noted translator Brother Anthony has described as “perhaps the greatest master of satire in Korean fiction.” My Innocent Uncle is one of…
The Chronicle of Manchwidang, by Kim Moon Soo, is one of the funniest, if not the funniest, translated Korean stories.
“Between Heaven and Earth” is one of the few Jimoondang non-pundan munhak publications that I really can’t recommend.
Reviewed here, “The Last of Hanako” contains that story and “The Gray Snowman.” Both of these stories were quite popular in Korea.
Hwang Soon-won’s “A Man” is not the book to buy if you want to read Hwang.
“With Her Oil Lamp on, That Night” by is a classic mid-century Korean weeper. It features a combination of hopeless images of separation with a semi-cliched, though also slightly ambiguous, final image of the circle of life.
The Rainy Spell by Yun Heung-gil is one of those rare “classic” works of Korean separation literature that manages to stand in its own right as a work of literature
Review of two of Yang Gui-ja’s stories named Rust and Swamp in a Jimoondang publication.
The volume Hong Gildong pairs two stories by Seo Hajin, each based on a previous literary creation. One is Hong Gildong, the other The Woodcutter and the Nymph.