Child's Bone

  • onNovember 8, 2016
  • byYi Sang
Child's Bone
Tr. Janet Hong


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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 six natural scenes, like that from a play, from which the narrator’s inner thoughts and feelings flow out.



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Author's Profile

Yi Sang (1910–1937) is Korea’s representative writer of the 1930s. His books have been published by France’s Zulma, Russia’s Hyperion, Spain’s Verbum, and Germany’s Literaturverlag Droschl. English editions of his works include Muae 1WingsCrow’s Eye View: The Infamy of Lee Sang, Korean Poet; and Three Poets of Modern Korea: Yi Sang, Hahm Dong-seon and Choi Young-mi.