The Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture by Euny Hong (2014)Born in the US to South Korean parents, Hong moved with her family to their homeland when she was 12. 9,322 ratings — 3. published 2009, avg rating 3.89 — The story follows a man who is both a would-be novelist and “suicide assistant” – a serial killer who stalks potential victims who have nothing to look forward to in life, so that he can offer to facilitate their suicide for a fee. 5. 272 ratings — 8,553 ratings — I came across many books that quickly became favourites – fiction and non-fiction. published 2020, avg rating 3.38 — 6,434 ratings — 2,834 ratings — 1,177 ratings — published 1978, avg rating 4.42 — Hye-Young Pyun. This story explores notions of freedom, motherhood, diversity and sacrifice, and has been adapted into a successful cartoon film, play, musical and comic book. published 2008, avg rating 4.17 — Read 20 920 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. 7. The lyricism of the prose makes this unusual book come across as a poetic tale of one woman’s attempt to follow her heart in a society wholly unprepared to comprehend an act of individualism. Kim’s dark yet beautifully written novel reveals a modern Seoul, full of intriguing characters often tied up in failed love affairs. published 2012, avg rating 4.18 — No Flower Blooms Without Wavering by Jong-Hwan Do (2016), translated by Brother Anthony and Jina ParkDo is an award-winning poet who is beloved by South Koreans. The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-Mi Hwang (2014), translated by Chi-Young KimA quirky book that has been compared to Animal Farm and Charlottes’s Web. To read his poems is to read South Korean history. 4,554 ratings — It got me into this whole mess, damn this series! published 2007, avg rating 4.26 — 10 Award-Winning Books by Asian Authors You Should Read From brooding, surrealist epics by the crafting hand of Murukami, to dark, noir thrillers between Manila and New York, to political hot potatoes that consider the state of contemporary China, this list of 10 award-winning books by Asian writers in the last 10 years is sure to have something up your alley. To read his poems is to read South Korean history. published 2020, avg rating 3.71 — Following a succession of civilian governments overtaken by military regimes and autocrats, South Korea’s Sixth Republic has finally established a liberal democracy that has seen its nation flourish. The Great Soul of Siberia: In Search of the Elusive Siberian Tiger by SooYong Park (2015), translated by Jamie ChangThe forests of the Korean peninsula were once known for their prowling tigers, until the forests were stripped for timber during the Japanese occupation, forcing the cats to migrate north. It is heartbreaking to read about the repression, but the strength of the Korean people is also captured in this captivating story of resilience and ultimate triumph. 72 ratings — Jang Eun-jin. published 2014, avg rating 3.67 — The Guest by Hwang Sok-Yong (2005), translated by Kyung-Ja Chun and Maya West Hwang’s fascinating life reads like a novel. Just to make sure you’re enunciating correctly, there’s a pronunciation guide … published 2019, avg rating 3.54 — published 2014, avg rating 4.14 — It follows a hen forced to lay eggs that will never hatch because they are destined to be sold at market, but she dreams of having a chick of her own. 0 people liked it, I Have the Right to Destroy Myself (Paperback), The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly (Paperback), In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom (Hardcover), The Accusation: Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea (Hardcover), Diary of a Murderer: And Other Stories (Paperback), The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story (Hardcover), Our Happy Time (Cinta Tak Pernah Salah Memilih Waktu), The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyŏng: The Autobiographical Writings of a Crown Princess of Eighteenth-Century Korea (Paperback), Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea (Kindle Edition), Talk To Me In Korean - Level 1 (Talk To Me In Korean Textbook #1), Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West (Hardcover), Integrated Korean: Beginning 1 (Paperback), To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1), Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite (Hardcover), The Magical Language of Others (Hardcover), I've Decided to Live 120 Years Book Trailer. Pyun is the first Korean native to have a short story published in the New Yorker. istorically known as the Hermit Kingdom for turning away western envoys, as well as the Land of the Morning Calm for its regal mountain ranges and tranquil valleys. published 2000, avg rating 3.89 — The stark differences make the stories we read about this fascinating country all the more appealing. 916 ratings — published 2003, avg rating 3.19 — I’ve read manga for over half my life. 5 Korean Novels You Should Read Now. > This list is based on my memory. The story is engaging but slower paced than many of Kinsella’s other novels … Pachinko book. 1,335 ratings — … 5 Must-Read Books about North Korea December 16, 2019 Finding new information about North Korea can be hard, especially when news outlets focus almost entirely on things like politics, nuclear weapons, and Kim Jong-un’s latest haircut.The good news is that there are amazing books that go beyond the surface of North Korea and reveal the in-depth stories and lives of the North Korean … published 2007, 1 chapters — 1,092 ratings — This is the kind of book where you get into the groove as you’re reading it. published 2019, avg rating 4.16 — Her book is an entertaining look at how the country has wilfully modernised to become the 15th-largest economy in the world. published 2020, avg rating 3.34 — Refresh and try again. 66,750 ratings — Shop. His most famous poems, many of which are included here, were about his wife, who died soon after their marriage.