World Literature Today Reviews Grass

“Grass by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim” / World Literature Today / Alison Mandaville / January 6, 2020

An oral history in comics form, Grass tells the story of Korean national Lee Ok-Sun, who, at the age of fifteen, was abducted into sexual slavery as one of tens of thousands of “comfort women” serving (being raped by) Japanese soldiers during World War II. Sensitive and understated, this rendering of one woman’s horrific experiences—both during the war and after—does not shy from hard images.


Natural imagery—trees, grasses, stars, flowers—scatter through and cradle the narrative, reminders of the inaccessible beauty and open spaces that surround these women’s closed and difficult daily lives

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