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Hwang Sok-Yong
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The recipient of Korea's highest literary prizes, HWANG SOK-YONG is the author of nine works of fiction and has been published in six languages. His work, which grapples with the troubled history of his divided country, has been the cause of his imprisonment, his exile, and the rare achievement of a wide international readership. His novels in English include The Old Garden, a tragic love story set against the backdrop of the end of the Cold War and South Korea's political revolution of the eighties, and The Guest, based on the true account of a violent clash between Communist and Christian neighbors in a Korean... Read More

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The Guest
A Novel
Written by Hwang Sok-Yong
Translated by Kyung-Ja Chun and Maya West


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 7, 2008
Price: $16.95

Based on actual events, The Guest is a profound portrait of a divided people haunted by a painful past, and a generation’s search for reconciliation.

During the Korean War, Hwanghae Province in North Korea was the setting of a gruesome fifty-two day massacre. In an act of collective amnesia the atrocities were... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Guest
A Novel
Written by Hwang Sok-Yong
Translated by Kyung-Ja Chun and Maya West


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 1, 2005
Price: $27.95

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Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

The Guest

Written by Hwang Sok-Yong
Translated by Kyung-Ja Chun and Maya West


Format: eBook
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: January 4, 2011
Price: $16.95

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Also available as a hardcover and a trade paperback.

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The Old Garden

Written by Hwang Sok-Yong
Translated by Jay Oh


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: August 28, 2012
Price: $18.95

As South Korea violently changed from a military dictatorship to a democratic state, an idealistic activist and a brazen painter shared a brief love affair that would impact the rest of their lives.

Drifting to an old house in the countryside where they once sought refuge, Hyun Woo finds Yoon Hee's... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Old Garden

Written by Hwang Sok-Yong
Translated by Jay Oh


Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: September 1, 2009
Price: $30.00

Political prisoner Hyun Woo is freed after eighteen years to find no trace of the world he knew. The friends with whom he shared utopianist dreams are gone. His Seoul is unrecognizably transformed and aggressively modernized. Yoon Hee, the woman he loved, died three years ago. A broken man, he drifts... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

The Old Garden

Written by Hwang Sok-Yong
Translated by Jay Oh


Format: eBook, 544 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: August 28, 2012
Price: $18.95

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Also available as a hardcover and a trade paperback.

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The Shadow of Arms

Written by Hwang Sok-Yong


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: April 29, 2014
Price: $18.95

A novel of the black markets of the South Vietnamese city of Danang during the Vietnam War, based on the author’s experiences as a self-described South Korean mercenary on the side of the South Vietnamese. This is a Vietnam War novel that sees the war from all sides; scenes of battle are well told and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

The Shadow of Arms

Written by Hwang Sok-Yong


Format: eBook
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $18.95

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Also available as a trade paperback.
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