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An English translation of Kim Soom’s 2016 novel “Han Myong” (one person), the first South Korean novel centered on so-called “comfort women” — those who suffered under Japan’s military brothel system before and during World War II — has been released this month as the issue continues to cast a shadow on bilateral relations.

Kim’s novel, published under the English title “One Left” by veteran husband-and-wife translators Bruce and Ju-Chan Fulton, draws on testimony from numerous former comfort women to depict the trauma of abduction and seven years of captivity in a Japanese military brothel as recalled by the protagonist, a Korean woman in her 90s.

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