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Yi Mun-yol on plagiarism and the publishing industry

Yi Mun-yol
Photo: Kwon Hyuk-jae / Korea JoongAng Daily

A good interview with Yi Mun-yol in the Korea JoongAng Daily.

A couple of quotes. On recovering from an operation to remove a kidney cancer:

It would be so unfortunate to not be able to drink for the rest of my life.

I remember how he enjoyed a drink at the London Book Fair…

A homely quote on the subject of the Shin Kyung-sook “plagiarism” discussion:

If we make a soup out of a cow and a mouse, we don’t call it a mouse soup but rather a beef soup.

On the publishing industry:

I recently participated as a judge in a literary contest led by a newspaper company, and I couldn’t rid of myself of a feeling of boredom and a sense of suffocation from reading the submitted works.

Worth reading in its entirety.

Source: Author mulls future of Korean literature, Korea JoongAng Daily, 21 September 2015.

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