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RIVER OF FIRE and Other Stories, by O Chonghui. Translated by Bruce and Ju-chan Fulton. Columbia University Press, 2012, 224 pp., $27.50 (hardcover)

I can’t remember a book of fiction that felt as much like a force-feeding as this one has. It seems only fair to say that O Chonghui enjoys a considerable reputation in her native South Korea, and my negative response may reflect nothing more than my failure to read her deeply enough.

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