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World Ch. Schedule : FRI 20:00 KST

* Date : 2021-08-13

 What They've Read #1

In “Reading,” the first episode in the “Exploring Korean Literature” series, the novel, “One Left” by author Kim Soom tells a story about comfort women.
"One Left" is the ninth novel written by Kim Soom, who is the winner of the Hyundae Literary Award, Daesan Literary Award, and Yi Sang Literary Award. The novel draws from actual testimonies of Korean comfort women to weave together a heartbreaking tale. Kim Haksun, a comfort woman who went public in 1991 to reveal Japanese crimes during World War II, is mentioned in the first chapter of the novel and hints at the many truths interwoven in the book. “One Left” is written through the perspective of one former comfort woman in a narrative style as she gradually realizes she could be the last survivor among the comfort women. Even though 80 years have passed since the war has ended, the trauma carried within the comfort women continues to haunt them. Four guests on the show take turns reciting passages in “One Left" and discuss this tragic chapter in history.
On the show, translator Colin Marshall is one guest who actually wrote a review of "One Left" with insightful opinions. He is joined by Darcy Paquet, a literary critic and translator of the Korean film, "Parasite." There is also fashion designer Shin Ji-hye who shares her impressions of reading "One Left" with her husband and architect Simone Carena who is from Italy. Kim Soom brought the comfort women issue to the forefront of the literary world. And it is a story that focuses on a period that should not be forgotten.

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