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A Yangban Scoundrel Meets a Beautiful Catechist – Martyr’s Country, Part 6

We’re starting volume 3 of Dowon Park’s Martyr’s Country (박도원의 ”순교자의 나라”)  this time, and we have a new fictional character that becomes the center of the action right away.   The year is 1839 now, the gihae year of the … Continue reading

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Spring Schedule of Author Appearances

As spring kicks into high gear, I will be speaking and appearing at a few upcoming events around town. First up, on May 24th at 7PM, I will be giving my presentation “‘Godzilla, Monster Movies, and Toho Studios” at the … Continue reading

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The Cruel End of the Sinyu Persecution and a Quiet Interlude – Martyr’s Country, Part 5

In this post, I promise I’m going to finish up volume 2 of Dowon Park’s Martyr’s Country (박도원의 ”순교자의 나라”) for real this time.  I keep saying that and then find it really interesting and dramatic, and it takes me … Continue reading

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Waiting for the New Age: The Wave of Bloody Executions Begins – Martyr’s Country, Part 4

In this post, I’m continuing to look at volume 2 of Dowon Park’s Martyr’s Country (박도원의”순교자의 나라”).  In part 1 chapter 6, the story continues with Kang Wansuk being taken to jail.  Hong Pilju is there to see her, and … Continue reading

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A Silk Letter Written in Blood – Martyr’s Country, Part 3

Moving from volume 1 to volume 2 Dowon Park’s Martyr’s Country (박도원의”순교자의 나라”), chapter 2 of part 3 in volume 1 kicks off with a few shady characters among the gamblers at a gambling house.  One is Yi Anjeong, a … Continue reading

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The Raging Wind Sparks a Fire – Martyr’s Country, Part 2

For post 2, I’m continuing my look at volume 1 of Dowon Park’s Martyr’s Country (박도원의 “순교자의 나라”).  The story picks up with Yeongin and Kapnyeong returning to Kang Wansuk’s house to visit  Jeong Yakjong.  Kapnyeong is grateful to meet … Continue reading

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A Scandal Arises When a Wayward Slave Seduces a Young Widow – Martyr’s Country, Part 1

For this year’s first foreign language selection, I have decided on Dowon Park’s Martyr’s Country (박도원의”순교자의 나라”), which is a four volume historical epic from 2007, probably about a thousand pages total.  We’ll see how far I can get through … Continue reading

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Setting Out On the Journey – Dragon War in the Wilderness, Part 1

  The new series that I’m starting with this post features Yi Huang’s Dragon War in the Wilderness (黃易的“龍戰在野”). From what I’ve read so far, that reference to dragons isn’t likely to be to some high fantasy monster but an … Continue reading

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Maupassant at the Morgue and a Cat Named Quasimodo – Jin Lee, Part 5

This time we’ll finish up part 3 of Kyung-sook Shin’s historical novel, Jin Lee (신경숙의《리진》). We only got through chapter 1 last time, and there are five more chapters remaining in this section. Chapter 2 is “A Feather Pen and … Continue reading

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The Literary Salon in Le Bon Marché Department Store – Jin Lee, Part 4

This week, we’ll finish up volume 1 of Kyung-sook Shin’s historical novel, Jin Lee (신경숙의《리진》) and move on to volume 2 of the book series. One thing of note about East Asian novels is that, unlike in the US where … Continue reading

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