1. How was one to write a novel or poem on land reform?...... All put their heads to one side, finally concluding it was an impossible task.
2. These tales should not, however, be misread as asserting the moral equality (let alone superiority) of the Russian people. Just as foreigners can be evil, while Koreans can only do it, so it is that only the child race is inherently virtuous; foreigners can at best do the occasional good deed.
1) This seems to be describing the way we sometimes tilt our head to one side for a few moments while we think about something, or try to reach a decision.
2) I interpret this as saying: Foreigners can be evil, whereas Koreans can do evil but cannot be inherently evil as people.
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