Unannounced to any apart from the Korean press, Lee Jung-myung was in town this week with his agent, signing copies of his novel The Investigation (another Kim Chi-young translation). He appeared at Goldsboro Books on Monday night, 7 April – the day before the Book Fair opened. The man behind the counter described the book as “amazing” when I spoke to him today to pick up my copy, and noted that the signing had been very well attended by Korean journalists. There are plenty more signed copies available in the store at the moment.
The book was warmly received in an Independent article in the run up to the book fair, and, according to the Kyunghyang Shinmun, was included in the Best of Fiction section of Waterstones Trafalgar Square branch – which as London readers will know is in the same building as the Korean Cultural Centre. It is also getting good reviews over on Goodreads.com.
Thanks to Charles over at KTLit.com for the link to the Kyunghyang Shinmun article.