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Words of Farewell: Stories by Korean Women Writers

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Paperback, 294 pages
Published February 17th 1993 by Seal Press (first published October 1989)
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Victoria
Sep 10, 2015 Victoria rated it it was amazing
This was a truly impressive collection of 1980's Korean fiction and it has the extra bonus of being a collection of all female writers. The three authors presented are Kang Sok-kyong, Kim Chi-won, and O Chong-hui. While you can tie them together as being Korean female authors publishing works in the same time period, their themes and images are very different when looked at closely. The overall feel of the book is a fairly smooth transition between the short stories of the three authors and you ...more
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Jul 28, 2016 Adam rated it really liked it
Short stories written in the late 1970s/early 1980s by women writers, I found this collection to be a revelation.

Kang Seok-kyeong's works (Days and Dreams and A Room in the Woods) rapidly became some of my favorite Korean short stories - ever. Days and Dreams in particular was fascinating, with a prostitute as a protagonist, American soldiers, and homosexual themes, giving the story an almost timeless feel. A Room in the Woods, on the other hand, was extremely dated, but not in a bad way; it was
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Kang Sŏk-kyŏng , who was born on 10 January 1951, is an award-winning South Korean author with two works translated into English.

Kang was born in Daegu, and attended Ewha Womans University in Seoul. Originally a student of fine arts, she stumbled into a literary career quite accidentally when she entered a creative writing contest to raise tuition for graduate studies in sculpture and art criticis
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“At my age, what's the use of thinking about my talents? Effort is what's necessary. (Kang 1989: 117)” 1 likes
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