How to Break Up Like a Winner (연애의 감정학)

Translation: Jamie Chang, Shin Hye-bin


K-Fiction Series features bilingual (Korean-English) editions of texts by the most interesting contemporary authors from South Korea. The editors emphasize that the selection of the best stories is crucial for them – but everything in these books is enjoyable: careful editing, aesthetics or an interesting study in the form of a commentary/essay offered after the main text.

In How to Break Up Like a Winner, after breaking up with Jong-su, Tae-hee tries to analyze her past relationships. She passionately throws herself into reading psychological guides, books on relationships and personal development. She researches statistics, collects data… She cuts herself off from her ex-boyfriend’s social media to quickly return to them and not only follow Jong-su’s current activities, but, like a detective, dig up information from the past. She seems to know more about him than when they were together.

How to Break Up Like a Winner is a study of modern separation. In the commentary to the story, Baek Young-ok mentions that she wanted to write about how you breaks up in times when everyone is in touch with everyone we know or might know almost 24/7. In this context, there is no way to completely break off a relationship, and the term “ex-boyfriend” / “ex-girlfriend” not only refers to someone once close, but has acquired additional meanings.


One year and two months had gone by since Tae-hee and Jong-su broke up. This was Tae-hee’s third breakup. Breakups were hard for a number of reasons, and that number increased with each breakup.

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