Netflix’s biggest show Squid Game has certainly brought Korean arts and culture to a global stage. If you’ve watched the show and are looking for more Korean stories, we’ve got some book recommendations for you.
Human acts by Han Kang
This novel is based on the 1980 massacre of pro-democracy agitators and student protesters in the town of Gwangju. Kang takes his readers on an arduous journey of suffering faced by his characters after the brutal killings of the protesters. The murder orders were given by then South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan. He passed away earlier this week. Human Acts is translated from Korean by Deborah Smith.
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Written by Korean-American author Min Jin Lee, Pachinko traces the story of a woman in Korea ruled by Japan. The epic historical fictional novel follows the Korean family who immigrated to Japan and face discrimination because of their Korean lineage. The novel has been adapted for the screen and will be released on Apple TV with Lee Min Ho as one of the main characters.
Kim Jiyoung, born in 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo
This novel sheds light on the micro-aggressions that an ordinary Korean woman faces that ultimately affects her mental health. Although the novel is about Korean society and how it discriminates against and stereotypes the role of a woman, Cho’s novel has universal appeal to women around the world.
Suki Kim’s interpreter
A Murder Mystery Written by Suki is the story of a Korean immigrant woman who has a checkered past that includes two difficult relationships with married men, estrangement from her sister, a string of unsatisfying jobs and the guilt of having severed ties with his parents before the two were shot. died in an unsolved double murder.
Drifting House by Krys Lee
This novel tells the story of a collective past shared by the Korean people. The novel talks about the socio-political developments in the country which include war, famine, dictatorship and a changing political landscape. The novel describes the dramatic upheavals of the post-war decades in North and South Korea and in Korean immigrant communities in the United States.
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