Category: Literature & Fiction

The Hole: A Gripping and Haunting Exploration of Guilt, Grief, and the Human Psyche

The Hole by Hye-young Pyun is a compelling and eerie book about Oghi, a man who escapes a car accident that kills his wife and the devastating psychological fallout that follows. The book delves deeply into the themes of personal responsibility, loss, and the complexities of the human mind. The plot of this Korean drama […]

One Hundred Shadows: A Haunting Tale of Friendship and Resistance in Modern Korea

One Hundred Shadows by Hwang Jungeun is a captivating book that combines magical realism and social criticism to create a spooky and unforgettable reading experience. The story is set in a modern Korean city and tracks two young friends as they fight against gentrification and keep their way of life. The novel centers around the […]

An Emotional and Moving Look at Love, Loss, and Family in Kyung-Sook Shin’s “Please Look After Mom”

Please Look After Mom is a strong and heartbreaking novel by Kyung-Sook Shin about parenting, loss, and family. The tale follows a family as they try to locate their missing mother in the crowded subways of Seoul. As they look for their mother, the members of the family reflect on their individual encounters with her […]

A Chilling Examining of Selfhood, Authority, and Subjugation in Han Kang’s The Vegetarian

The Vegetarian, Han Kang’s novel, is a fascinating and introspective look at the human condition. Yeong-hye, the protagonist of the tale, is an apparently typical and submissive wife who, for no apparent reason, decides to become a vegetarian. Because of this choice, a series of events unfolds that puts her in direct contact with her […]