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Sweet Potato: Collected Short Stories

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Publisher: , 2017
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Kim Tongin (1900-1951) is one of Korea’s earliest and most respected modern writers whose naturalist fiction brilliantly depicts Korean life during a period of profound social change. Namesake of the prestigious Dong-in Literary Award, Kim Tongin’s succinct writing style can still inspire readers and provide insight into early 20th century Korea over 60 years after his death.

Translated by Grace Jung and introduced by Youngmin Kwon, Adjunct Professor of Korean Literature at the University of California, Berkley.

LKL adds: the collection contains the following stories (in order of original publication)

Boat Song / The Seaman’s Chant (1921)
The Life in One’s Hands (1921)
Barely Opened Its Eyes (1923)
Flogging (1923)
Potatoes / Sweet Potato (1925)
Fire Sonata (1929)
Like Father Like Son (1932)
Red Mountain: A Doctor’s Memoir / The Red Hills: A Doctor’s Diary (1932)
A Letter and a Photograph / The Photograph and the Letter (1934)
Notes on Darkness and Loss (1934)
The Mad Painter (1935)
The Old Taet’amgji Lady (1938)
Mother Bear (1941)
The Traitor (1946)

Read a review by Tony Malone here. Entry on here.

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