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Issue 30 - Contemporary Korean Writers

Set aside K-Pop, K-Dramas and the other forms of Korean popular media sweeping across the world. Its literature in translation has also been gaining momentum in recent years, with titles such as Please Look after Mother, I Have the Right to Destroy Myself and The Vegetarian winning critical acclaim and popularity. In a first for Korean Literature, Han Kang's The Vegetarian is included in the 2016 Booker Prize shortlist. The current issue of the ALR features an essay by Deborah Smith, translator of The Vegetarian.  [UPDATE 16 May 2016 - The Vegetarian has won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize.]

Our 'K-Lit' issue is dedicated to an emerging generation of writers focused on modern Korean life as faced by its younger people. What they have to say about the society's contradictions - its optimism and despair, nostalgia and innovation, stark reality and unbridled fantasies - sheds a spotlight on the country from an angle rarely seen by non-Koreans.


Launch Events in London - (PHOTOS)

May 10 at 18:45 K-Lit in the Age of Korean Cool hosted by London's Asia House and featuring Han Yujoo, Cheon Myeong-kwan and Deborah Smith. The event will be moderated by the ALR's Managing Editor, Phillip Kim. For full details and to book your ticket, click here.

May 12 at 17:15 - Korean Literature's New Wave - at the SOAS Brunei Gallery in London, chaired by translator and publisher Deborah Smith.

May 13 at 18:30 - The Modern Korean Family - Function or Dysfunction? at the Korean Cultural Centre UK Library, with Han Yujoo and Cheon Myeong Kwan. The discussion will be moderated by Kelly Falconer, founder of the Asia Literary Agency.


Launch in Hong Kong

May 15 at 18:00 - Culture Club, 15 Elgin Street, Hong Kong

For a taste of what's in the issue, click here, and to buy a copy or subscribe, visit our eShop.

We are pleased to have worked on this issue in close cooperation with the Literature Translation Institute of Korea (LTI).


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