The Library of Musical Instruments

Library of Korean Literature
Kim Jung-hyuk
Translated by Kim Soyoung

The second short-story collection by Kim Jung-hyuk, the author of Penguin News, features a total of eight short stories, including “Syncopation D” which won the 2nd Kim You-jeong Literary Award in 2008. They represent the many sounds sampled by the author when he recorded over 600 kinds of musical instruments. Like instruments coming together in a symphony, the stories combine to make an opus consisting of variations on a theme. While the stories begin in an upbeat fashion and work to a crescendo, they end with notes in a minor key filling the vacuum. The Library of Musical Instruments is a collection to contemplate on more than one occasion.

Born in 1971 in Kimcheon, a southeastern city of South Korea, Kim Jung-hyuk graduated from the Department of Korean Language and Literature at Keimyung University. He debuted as a writer in 2000 when his novelette “Penguin News” was published in the Literature and Society magazine.

Kim Soyoung is a professional translator with over a decade of experience and a master’s degree in translation and consecutive interpretation. She is currently focused on translating Korean books (fiction or nonfiction) into English.

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Translated by Kim Soyoung
Publication: Library of Korean Literature
Volume: 25
Format: Paperback
Number of pages: 230
ISBN-13: 978-1628971514
Publication date: November 2016
Language: English
List price: $16.00