Audiobooks

Child's Bone by Yi Sang
► Visit https://issuu.com/ltilibrary/docs/child_s_bone to read the full story. Yi Sang was one of Korea’s most innovative writers of modern literature, enough to deem him Korea’s finest modernist. He died at the early age of 27, but despite his short literary career, he produced surreal and highly experimental pieces that were avant-garde and far ahead of their time. His short story “Child’s Bone”, which is written in the stream of consciousness narrative style, skillfully depicts the love and affection between a woman named “Yim” and the two men in her life — Yun and the narrator. The story is composed of...
The Heat of the Sun by Kim Yu-Jeong
► Visit https://issuu.com/ltilibrary/docs/the_heat_of_the_sun to read the full story. Kim Yu-jeong’s prose, with its liberal use of lively onomatopoeia, rustic dialects, and homespun colloquialisms, lends great animation to his subjects, providing readers with vitality-filled sketches of the impoverished and miserable lives lived by the lowest classes in rural villages under Japanese colonial rule. “The Heat of the Sun” (1937) follows Deoksun as he struggles to carry his starving, deathly-ill wife to the hospital, buoyed by the foolish hope that the hospital will pay them for the opportunity to research the wife’s illness. These e-books were translated as part of LTI Korea’s...
Poor Man's Wife by Hyun Jin-geon
► Visit https://issuu.com/ltilibrary/docs/poor_man_s_wife to read the full story. “Poor Man’s Wife” explores the conflict between art and daily life. A heavily autobiographical work, the story is told from the point of view of an aspiring novelist who has chosen a life of poverty and hardship in order to focus on his writing. One day, after witnessing the contrast between their situation and that of the narrator’s much more affluent relation, the novelist’s wife pleads with him to “find a way to make a living.” By presenting the wife’s position of wanting to support her artist husband while also being unavoidably...
Dying Words by Yi Sang
► Visit https://issuu.com/ltilibrary/docs/dying_words to read the full story. Yi Sang was one of Korea’s most innovative writers of modern literature, enough to deem him Korea’s finest modernist. He died at the early age of 27, but despite his short literary career, he produced surreal and highly experimental pieces that were avant-garde and far ahead of their time. “Dying Words” is a confessional story, narrated by a character named Yi Sang. This story is one of three, along with “Wings” and “Child’s Bone,” that takes the relationship between man and woman as its subject. This particular story, which is about a...
Broken Strings by Kang Kyung-ae
► Visit https://issuu.com/ltilibrary/docs/broken_strings to read the full story. Kang Kyung-ae was a leading writer, feminist, and labor activist during the Japanese colonial period in Korea. Kang’s first work, “Broken Strings,” reveals the concerns and inclinations that would come to characterize her writing. The main character Hyeong-cheol stands at a crossroads: take the well-trodden path down which his future is guaranteed, or stand with the masses and fight society. After agonizing over this choice, he throws everything away and leaves for Manchuria. With its cast of characters who sacrifice their youth in Gando to devote themselves to the people’s struggle, this...