London Korea Links continues to pour out the quality content (But they need to develop a nice square “WordPress-convenient” logo!)..
been abridged and serialised for radio, and will be broadcast in seven 15-minute episodes at 10:45pm, on weekdays starting 2 June. You can probably listen to it on the BBC website as well.
That last bit of news turns out to be true – follow the link and you will find the first episode available online, BUT FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY (six more days as I type these words)
Second, and along those lines, LKL’s Bella Frey reviews Please Look After Mom (a task I still can’t quite bring myself to do^^). Despite some rather minor cavils, Ms. Frey likes it.
Finally, LKL announces “A major addition to world literature” – the translation of Park Kyung-ni’s T’oji is launched. The article notes:
Land was 25 years in the making (1969-1994), extending over 5 parts and some 6 million words. It is unusual in being highly esteemed in critical and acadamic circles as well as being hugely popular. It is truly a “national epic”, dealing with “big themes, extraordinary events and unforgettable characters”. Its method of publication was weekly or sometimes monthly serialisation. This clearly impacts the style of writing, with the story-telling structured in mini episodes, starting with a narrative hook and ending with suspense. This means that readers are very easily drawn in – and means the work easily travels across cultural and linguistic barriers.
The skeptic in me thinks that this is the description of a work that may pass across some cultural and linguistic barriers, but that its epic length and essential “Koreaness” will keep it out of the hands of most people who read literature in English for “pleasure.”
Still, it is counted one of the great works of Korean modern literature, and with potboiler success being achieved on other fronts, it doesn’t seem a dire waste of resources (as I would have resolutely claimed four years ago^^).
Also interesting to note that the translator is Agnita Tenant, who I had never heard of until this year, does some quite interesting work: