A Cornucopia of Korean Literature from Words without Borders

Worlds Without BordersWords without Borders Presents New Writing from South Korea
April issue to coincide with 2014 London Book Fair Korea Market Focus

(http://wordswithoutborders.org/issue/april-2014 I actually noticed this first from subject object verb (you HAVE to click over there at least to check out the graphic they have of the awesome book cover of Han Kang’s upcoming Vegetarian) but then got the “official press” release, from which I excerpt below.

New York City, New York, April 4, 2014—Words without Borders (WWB) magazine announces the publication of an issue of new writing from South Korea. The issue <http://wordswithoutborders.org/current-issue/> features fiction and poetry from many of the country’s most celebrated writers, selected by Martin Alexander, editor of Asia Literary Review, and translator Sora Kim-Russell. The release of the issue coincides with the London Book Fair, where South Korea is this year’s market focus.

“For a country that is all too easily labeled as homogeneous, this issue demonstrates the diversity of styles and approaches found in South Korean literature, not to mention the (perhaps unexpected) humor and imagination,” Ms. Kim-Russell said.

The featured South Korean authors write on themes ranging from domestic disputes to the job market, tackling their diverse subjects with sly humor and a flair for the surreal.

Kyung-sook Shi  looks back at a one-sided romance
Kim Young-ha finds an unexpected inheritance
Han Kang watches a wife embrace vegetarianism in place of her husband.

The issue also features work by
Ae-ran Kim <http://wordswithoutborders.org/article/ascending-scales> 
Han Yujoo <http://wordswithoutborders.org/article/lament>
Jeong Ho-seung <http://wordswithoutborders.org/article/earning-my-keep>  
Kim Sa-in <http://wordswithoutborders.org/article/injeolmi-rice-cakes>  
Kim Soo-Bok <http://wordswithoutborders.org/article/mud-flats> 
Ko Un <http://wordswithoutborders.org/article/gamak-valley>
Shim Bo-seon <http://wordswithoutborders.org/article/my-wifes-magic>
Yi Mun-yol <http://wordswithoutborders.org/article/winter-that-year> .

WWB editorial director Susan Harris said, “Korea’s selection as the market focus at this month’s London Book Fair reflects the rising profile of the country’s literary culture. We’re delighted to publish this intriguing work, and to feature four of the authors who will appear at the Fair.”

The issue was made possible in part through the support of the Literature Translation Institute of Korea. Readers can access the issue here.

For additional information, please contact:
Contact: Karen Phillips, Executive Director
Organization Name: Words without Borders
Telephone Number: (917) 903-8717 <tel:%28917%29%20903-8717>
Email Address: press@wordswithoutborders.org
Web site Address: www.wordswithoutborders.org <http://www.wordswithoutborders.org/>