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Trees on a Slope

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Hwang Sun-won (1915-2000) is one of modern Korea's masters of narrative prose. Trees on a Slope (1960) is his most accomplished novel - one of the few Korean novels to describe in detail the physical and psychological horrors of the Korean War. It is an assured, forceful depiction of three young soldiers in the South Korean army during the latter stages of the war: Hyon-t' ...more
Paperback, 197 pages
Published April 13th 2005 by University of Hawaii Press (first published 1960)
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Utterly gripping and horribly beautiful. My first foray into Korean literature and I couldn't put it down. The story of three men (and a society) dealing with the aftermath of civil war, their futures unraveling in unflinching prose. Hwang Sun-won had a wonderfully light touch with narrative and exposition, moving seamlessly between characters and times, painting his world in sharp, poetic brushstrokes.
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Hwang Sun-wŏn was a Korean short story writer, novelist, and poet.
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