Event news: August’s literature night features Jung Young Moon

by Philip Gowman on 29 July, 2016

in Event Notices, Korean literature in translation

The last two literature nights featuring Hwang Sun-won and Park Wan-suh have been really rewarding. Even if you’re not wholly convinced about the subject book, the opportunity to discuss it with others always provides different ways of looking at it. I hope I’ll get around to writing about both books – Park Wan-suh’s Lonesome You collection is a particular gem.

August’s will be interesting. Yung Young Moon is rather experimental and the discussion should be very worthwhile. Deborah Smith moderates.

Korea Literature Night: Jung Young Moon — A Contrived World

Event Date: Thurs 25 August 2016, 6:30-8:30pm
Venue: Korean Cultural Centre UK
Entrance Free – Booking Essential
Apply to info@kccuk.org.uk or call 020 7004 2600 with your name and contact details by Friday 5th August 2016, 14.00.
Available Seats: 15

A Contrived World

The Korean Literature Night (KLN) is a monthly discussion group and in August we will read A Contrived World by Jung Young Moon.

The booking system utilises a lottery based programme that picks names at random, once the final selection has been drawn we will send you an e-mail regarding the result of the selection.

Moderator: Deborah Smith (Translator of The Vegetarian and with Han Kang winner of the 2016 Man Booker International prize)

You can pick up a copy of A Contrived World from the KCCUK, once you have received your confirmation e-mail.

About the Book – A Contrived World

Set in San Francisco, A Contrived World recounts the author’s visit to the mythic Californian city. While the novel is based in this real experience, the narrator’s imaginative reflections cause the narrative to balloon outward into the realms of fiction and fantasy. Each chance encounter provides an opportunity to unfurl a fictional world that simultaneously complements and compromises the real world. In this mirthful antinovel, the ambiguous fusion of observation and invention disrupts the conventions of personal memoir and travel writing, resulting in a chronicle that sets fiction against experience.

About the Author: Jung Young Moon

Novelist, short-story writer, translator, playwright and teacher, Jung Young Moon was born in Hamyang, South Korea, in 1965. He graduated from Seoul National University with a degree in psychology. He made his literary debut in 1996 with the novel A Man Who Barely Exists. He has translated more than forty English-language books into Korean.

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