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.