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A Purse Full of Tales
A Purse Full of Tales

A Purse Full of Tales

Folk Tales from Korea

Retold by Chan Young Kim, Retold by David Carter, Illustrated by John Shelley



144 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $18.95 (US $18.95) (CA $24.95)

Publication Date: June 2019

ISBN 9781843916536

Rights: US, CA, AU & NZ

Hesperus Press (Jun 2019)
Hesperus Minor

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Traditional Korean tales have been retold and translated for contemporary young readers

This book is a collection of folk tales from both North and South Korea, in which readers will encounter traditional Korean dragons, heavenly maidens, dokkaebis (goblins), bluebirds and many eccentric characters such as naughty children, greedy men and strange old people. Many of the tales involve Shamanistic, Buddhist and Taoist cosmology, transporting readers into a surrealistic fantasy world. As in folk tales from other cultures, a considerable number of protagonists in this book face distressing situations and eventually overcome them. These sequences are usually depicted through humor, jest and wit, which will have readers smile in recognition. Korean folk tales have not been widely translated into English, and this book provides an opportunity for readers to develop a good insight into the unique properties of Korean folk tales.

Author Biography

Chan Young Kim has translated Korean literary works and a large range of Korean cuisine for various newspapers and magazines. David Carter was a professor, writer, translator and freelance journalist whose books include East Asian Cinema.