Video on Shin Kyoung-Sook & Other Writers, From Arirang

Two Covers of "Please Look After Mom" (or "Mother")

Here is an interesting video podcast from Arirang  called Globalization of Korean Literature (with a script). The authors it focuses on are  Shin Kyoung-Sook  and Han Gang.

Gang says:

“Literature is an art through language… and language by nature seeks communication. As an author, it is such a pleasure that my literary works are read in other countries.”

I am also interested in the dismissive attitude the videos seems to hold towards Kim Young-ha and Yi Munyol (where’s the respect?) and its silly emphasis on training competent translators. How about paying more for the competent translators that are out there? And then marketing the books right?

Kim Joo-youn the  President of the Literature Translation Institute says:

“Through translation, world readers can share our literary legacies.  We will keep strengthening our translation projects in the future.”

And the good news is that he seems quite serious about this.

In any case, I was ecstatic to get through the whole piece without hearing anyone mention the Nobel Prize for Literature!^^

Check it out.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Video on Shin Kyoung-Sook & Other Writers, From Arirang

  1. I like “How about paying more for the competent translators that are out there? And then marketing the books right?”

    But I would add the notion of book selection as well.

    Realistically, some forms of literature will only ever achieve low readership.

    If wide appeal books were selected (think genre fiction), and then well marketed after a quality translation, the revenues would be great enough to pay the translators well.

    The key issue, in other words, remains book selection.

    Does he really grasp that point, though?

    What do you think?

  2. Puzzling that they focus on Han Gang (doesn’t that sound like a pseudonym?). There’s nothing by her available on Amazon.com or .co.uk – though there’s something in this book which seems to be nothing more than a collection of Wikipedia articles.

    Shame the video is not Mac-compatible. I’d like to watch it.

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