- I’m Happy Now
- This volume is the eleventh collection of short fiction by Sung Suk-je, who has built a world of unique novelistic entertainment and satire. Indeed, without his works, which both amuse and instruct, the humdrum routines of us moderns would be barely tolerable. The main theme running through this collection is addiction. In depicting with his sly humor people who are addicted to diverse objects including tears, drugs, alcohol, amnesia, and laughter, the author presents to readers pure entertainment and a speedy read. Such laughter, however, is based on warmth and love of humanity instead of braggadocio and exaggeration, thus prompting readers to be teary with laughter and to be somber and sad in turn. For, in the end, notwithstanding the diversity of characters with addictions portrayed in this volume, it is the reader who is truly addicted.
- Her Use of Tears
- Cheon, Woon-young’s third collection of short stories and first publication in four years. As novelist Park Min-gyu points out, this book illustrates how crafty a wound can be, how complex and intricate, and poison is the only antidote to poison. The author unearths and opens the wounds touches the readers through tears inspired by atonement of sins and unconventional love and healing. Cheon Woon-young forces the readers to look our wounds in the eye and finds a “use of tears” that will help overcome wound. The deeper universality, the touching themes, and the variations of literary style are sure to draw the readers into the prowess of the author and the appeal of her world.
- Tears of Beings
- Gong has mainly dealt with the emotional problems and scars experienced by those who participated in the turbulent movements for women’s liberation and the democratization of Korea. In this collection of short stories, the author focuses on revealing the inner conflicts of people who led difficult lives in the 1990s, while maintaining her abiding affection for those who try to live by their beliefs.