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Recommended books (8)
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. Therefore, all books that are listed here as part of the Read Around Asia Challenge were written by authors from South Korea. I hope you will find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

Against Healing by Emily Jungmin Yoon EN

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Recommended: 31 Dec 2019

Human Acts by Han Kang EN

Rating: 4     109 Votes
Country: Asia / South Korea flag South Korea
From the internationally bestselling author of The Vegetarian, a “rare and astonishing” (The Observer) portrait of political unrest and the universal struggle for justice. In the midst of a violent student uprising in South Korea, a young boy named Dong-ho is shockingly killed. The story of this tragic episode unfolds in a sequence of interconnected chapters as the victims and the bereaved encounter suppression, denial, and the echoing agony of the massacre. From Dong-ho’s best friend who meets his own fateful end; to an editor struggling against censorship; to a prisoner and a factory worker,... continue
Recommended: 08 Apr 2018

Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo EN

Rating: 4.2     11 Votes
Country: Asia / South Korea flag South Korea
The runaway bestseller that helped launch Korea's new feminist movement, Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 follows one woman's psychic deterioration in the face of rigid misogyny.
Recommended: 17 Aug 2022

Lemon by Kwon Yeo-sun EN

Rating: 4.5     4 Votes
Country: Asia / South Korea flag South Korea
Focusing on the unsolved murder of teenage girl, this literary novel offers insights into gender, class and privilege in Seoul, and marks the English-language debut for award-winning Korean author, Kwon Yeo-sun.
Recommended: 06 Mar 2022

Pachinko : The New York Times Bestseller by Min Jin Lee EN

Rating: 4     106 Votes
Country: Asia / South Korea flag South Korea
* The million-copy bestseller* * National Book Award finalist * * One of the New York Times's 10 Best Books of 2017 * * Selected for Emma Watson's Our Shared Shelf book club * 'This is a captivating book ... Min Jin Lee's novel takes us through four generations and each character's search for identity and success. It's a powerful story about resilience and compassion' BARACK OBAMA. Yeongdo, Korea 1911. In a small fishing village on the banks of the East Sea, a club-footed, cleft-lipped man marries a fifteen-year-old girl. The couple have one child, their beloved daughter Sunja. When Sunja fall... continue
Recommended: 20 Feb 2022

The Disaster Tourist : A Novel by Yun Ko-Eun EN

Rating: 4     3 Votes
Country: Asia / South Korea flag South Korea
Welcome to the desert island of Mui, where a paid vacation to paradise is nothing short of a disaster in this “mordantly witty novel [that] reads like a highly literary, ultra–incisive thriller (Refinery29). Jungle is a cutting–edge travel agency specializing in tourism to destinations devastated by disaster and climate change. And until she found herself at the mercy of a predatory colleague, Yona was one of their top representatives. Now on the verge of losing her job, she’s given a proposition: take a paid “vacation” to the desert island of Mui and pose as a tourist to assess the company’s ... continue
Recommended: 24 Aug 2022

The Vegetarian : A Novel by Han Kang EN

Rating: 3.5     141 Votes
Country: Asia / South Korea flag South Korea
Winner of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • Publisher's Weekly • Buzzfeed • Entertainment Weekly • Time • Wall Street Journal • Bustle • Elle • The Economist • Slate • The Huffington Post • The St. Louis Dispatch • Electric Literature Featured in the New York Times selection of "15 remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century" A beautiful, unsettling novel about rebellion and taboo, violence and eroticism, and the twisting metamorphosis of a soul Before the nigh... continue
Recommended: 09 Apr 2022

Untold Night and Day by Bae Suah EN

Rating: 2.5     2 Votes
Country: Asia / South Korea flag South Korea
A seductive, disorienting novel that manipulates the fragile line between dreams and reality, by South Korea's leading contemporary writer A startling and boundary-pushing novel, Untold Night and Day tells the story of a young woman's journey through Seoul over the course of a night and a day. It's 28-year-old Ayami's final day at her box-office job in Seoul's audio theater. Her night is spent walking the sweltering streets of the city with her former boss in search of Yeoni, their missing elderly friend, and her day is spent looking after a mysterious, visiting poet. Their conversations take ... continue
Recommended: 16 Sep 2022


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