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휴식, 생산과 효율의 계산식에서 벗어나기

[Korean Literature Now] Breath, Respite, Emptiness

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    LTI Korea

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Korean Literature Now (or KLN for short) is a quarterly publication by LTI Korea to help readers around the world to experience and appreciate Korean literature content. Launched as _list: Books from Korea in 2008, the magazine was relaunched in its current form in the summer of 2016 (issue no. 32). KLN is currently distributed to around 5,500 universities, libraries, cultural and art institutions, and the general public in about 125 countries.

Take a brief moment away from the fast-paced days and the life full of contemplation over complex calculations of productivity and efficiency. Here are some voices that suggest you catch your breath and let go of the many things that have been filling up your life.


Under the themes of breath, respite, and emptiness, the spring edition of Korean Literature Now features stories by literary critic Youn Kyung Hee and writers Min Byeonghun and Ju Minhyeon. It captures the realization by Youn Kyung Hee as she learns to live with mold that just wouldn’t disappear, no matter how hard she tried, during a rainy season in the summer. Author Min Byeonghun raises the question, “One does their best at work, but can they do their best to rest?” and delves into the fundamental meaning of rest. Writer Ju Minhyeon suggests stepping out of days filled with competition, embracing solitude, and taking a closer look inside oneself.


Why don’t you take a moment to pause and rest from the relentless pace of life, where you feel like you have to keep yourself constantly busy and running, gasping for air? Come and enjoy the relaxation that literature offers, and just lay back and chill with it.


Furthermore, the Spring issue of KLN introduces you to an interview with writer Choi Eunmi and her works. In the Bookmark section, you can also find novelist Lim Solah’s “Snow, Person, Snowperson,” Yoon Haeseo’s “Representation and Presentation” published on the webzine View, works by poets Lee Min-Ha and Hwang Yuwon, as well as the classical novel Unyŏng-jŏn.


Snow, Person, Snowperson is the first short story collection by Lim Solah, a writer who gazes straight into life and experiences it with her entire being. It presents readers with the very first opportunity to savor Lim’s short stories, which contribute depth to Korean literature by embedding profound insights within poetic sentences. Her meticulously selected and arranged words carry the weight of poetic language, silently bridging the gap between sentences with unspoken meanings, creating unique resonance.


Microclimate Migihu (Microclimate) refers to climate conditions measured within a very small range, often at a height of 1.5 meters from the ground. If each narrow area has a different climate, one should approach the area to sense its unique conditions. In Lee Min-ha’s poetry collection, the “microclimate” experience begins as women who have endured times of violence, each calling it “the blood days,” find each other somewhat “familiar” (Munhakgaeron, Introduction to Literature).


A White Deer Pond In this collection of poems, the poet, who has gained steady attention from literary circles for his solid thoughts, presents a whole new sensory world in which emotional language transforms into quiet music, and sensuous images evoke pure white landscapes. Additionally, traces of homage to Baengnokdam (1941) by Chong Chi-Yong , a classic of Korean modernism known for reconstructing nature (things) into pure ideas, appear here and there, captivating readers’ attention. The poetry collection comprises 55 poems, including the title poem “A White Deer Pond,” which won the Hyundae Munhak Literary Award.


All the Maximization of the World The poetry collection All the Maximization of the World, which won the 34th Kim Su-Young Literary Award, has been released. It marks the first collection of poems by poet Hwang Yuwon, who debuted after winning the Munhakdongne New Writer’s Award in 2013 and has since garnered attention for his unique depth of thought and linguistic vividness.

Table of Content

Featured Writer Face to Face with Choi Eunmi [Fiction] That Place [Essay] Magnolia Melancholia Cover Feature Letting Go and Living with Mold Such Small Moments Breathe, Live, Rest Bookmark [Fiction] Anatomical Part [Fiction] Representation and Presentation [Poetry] Two Poems by Lee Min-ha [Poetry] Two Poems by Hwang Yuwon Inkstone The Tale of Unyŏng Reviews [ENGLISH] Mater 2-10: A Train Ride Through a Century of Korean History [FRENCH] Impossibles Adieux: A Tragic Yet Tender Journey Into the Depths of Winter [SPANISH] Semilla: Some Machines Are Happier Than Human Beings [JAPANESE] One-letter Dictionary: The Emotional Lessons of Poetry [CHINESE] Father's Liberation Diary: Weaving the Web of Time

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