The Heat of the Sun

  • onNovember 8, 2016
  • byKim Yu-Jeong
The Heat of the Sun
Tr. Eugene Larsen-Hallock



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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.



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Author's Profile

Kim Yu-Jeong (1908 ~ 1937) was a Korean novelist. He made his literary debut with the publication of "Wanderer Among the Hills” in 1933. Kim's work was described as "rich and earthy". He wrote approximately 30 short stories, most of which were published in the three years before his death. His 1936 story The Camellias is about the residents of a Korean farming village; its implicit sexuality was more explicit in his 1935 Rain shower. His 1937 story The scorching heat was considered gloomy. He died of pulmonary tuberculosis on March 29, 1937.