A bit of exciting news for those interested in getting your hands on more Korean contemporary literature in English translation: Dalkey Archive Press have been working with the Literature Translation Institute of Korea to bring out a series of 25 titles over the next two years. The first ten will hit the shops and your e-readers next month.
The titles, selected by Dalkey from a range offered by LTI Korea include some welcome new names into the English language catalogue, as well as providing some new output from existing authors.
Based on the sampler provided by Dalkey, I’m going to be certain to pick up Jang Eun-jin’s No-one writes back and Lee Ki-ho’s At least we can apologize. But with titles from classic names such as Yi Kwang-su and Park Wan-suh, and a collection of short stories from Jung Young-moon who came to London earlier this year, there’s something for everyone. Charles over at KTLit.com seems to have got himself advance copies of most of the titles, so check his site for reviews over the coming weeks.
- The Dalkey Library of Korea on Amazon.co.uk