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Sora Kim-Russell


Sora Kim-Russell

Sora Kim-Russell is a poet and translator originally from California and now living in Seoul, South Korea. Her work has appeared in Words Without Borders, Azalea: A Journal of Korean Literature and Culture, Drunken Boat, Pebble Lake Review, The Diagram, and other publications. She teaches at Ewha Womans University.

Sora Kim-Russell

Books by Sora Kim-Russell

written by Gong Ji-young, translated by Sora Kim-Russell - Fiction

Yu-Jung is in the hospital recovering from her third suicide attempt when she receives a life-changing visit. Her no-nonsense aunt appears by her side and suggests Yu-Jung accompany her on a charitable visit to death row. There she meets Yun-Soo, a convicted murderer who will soon be put to death. Through weekly, hour-long meetings, Yu-Jung and Yun-Soo slowly reveal to each other the dark secrets of their pasts and the hidden traumas that have shaped their lives.

written by Kyung-Sook Shin, translated by Sora Kim-Russell - Fiction

Amid the tremors of political revolution, Jung Yoon, a highly literate, twenty-something woman, recounts her tragic personal history. When Yoon receives a distressing phone call from her ex-boyfriend after eight years of separation, memories of a tumultuous youth begin to resurface. She revisits the death of her beloved mother, the strong bond with her now-dying former college professor, the excitement of her first love, and the friendships forged out of a shared sense of isolation and grief.