[Feature] Two Ways to Endure the Anxiety of the World / Han Young-in

 

The Quarterly Changbi 172, Summer 2016

 

Abstract

Han Young-in, the literary critic, discusses the significance of the short stories of Jo Hae-jin and Yoon Ko-eun as unforgettable achievements to help us endure the anxiety of life resulting from today’s bleak reality. Through portraying languid characters beset by the logic of capitalism, these stories show a nadir of life in our era, and thereby make it possible for us to confront life without any false expectations toward it. An acute awareness of reality could be forged out of these stories, which contain the potentiality for the future.