Translated by: Kim Chi-young
Publisher: Koryo Press, 2007.
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Toy City is a poignant coming-of-age story of a fourth-grade boy named Yun, depicting the life of a poor family struggling to survive in the years immediately after the Korean War. An autobiographical work, the novel is written entirely from young Yun’s point of view. Alternately heart-wrenching and hopeful, this masterpiece of Korean literature is a must for those interested in the impact of war on everyday life and the underclass of 1950s Korean society. This edition is the first English translation of the complete Korean novel.
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