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A Moment's Grace: Stories from Korea in Transition

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John Holstein, trans. with commentary
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2011 winner Korean Literature Translation Prize

A Moment's Grace presents short stories that depict the core of the process of Korea's modernization, from Liberation in 1945 to the Seoul Olympics in 1988. The stories here provide a view of the process through the eyes of ordinary people as they were affected by the historical and social forces that formed modern Korea. A separate background chapter affords a description of these forces with the intention of providing the reader with a better understanding of both the stories and the culture that produced them. | 408 pages


  • Preface
  • A Few Notes About the Book
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction

The Stories    

  • The Shaman Painting (1936) Kim Tong-ni
  • Loess Valley (1939) Kim Tong-ni
  • The Game Beaters (1948) Hwang Sun-won
  • The Visit (1951) Kim Tong-ni
  • A Moment's Grace (1955) O Sang-won
  • The Gulls (1958) Yi Pom-son
  • House of Idols (1960) Ch'oe In-hun
  • End of the Road (1966) Ch'oe In-hun
  • River (1968) So Chong-in
  • First Love (1995) Song Sok-che
  • What's To Be Done? (1992) Kong Chi-yong
  • The Face (1999) O Chong-hui
  • Stumbling Across a Language Barrier
  • The Stories' Background
  • Endnotes
  • References
  • Recommended Reading

  • John HOLSTEIN has been a member of the faculty in the English Department at Sungkyunkwan University since 1982. 

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