Tower: Bae Myung-hoon in conversation with Stella Kim

The KCC’s literature events for 2021 kick off in February with a feature on Honford Star’s publication of Bae Myung-hoon’s Tower. Text below is from the KCC website.

Tower

TowerTuesday 23 February 2021, 12noon-1:30pm
Venue: Honford Star Youtube Channel
Entrance Free – Booking Essential.
Apply to info@kccuk.org.uk with your name and contact details by 5 February.
More details and important privacy information on KCC website.

We will read SF novel Tower by Bae Myung-hoon for our first Korean Literature Night this year to celebrate the book launch.

Author Bae Myung-hoon and translator and interpreter Stella Kim will join us for a live virtual talk about his novel Tower.

Following the talk, Bae Myung-hoon will respond to questions from the audience. The talk will be moderated by Stella Kim. This event is co-organised with the publisher Honford Star.

The first thirty people who RSVP will also receive a copy of the book posted to their home. Please note that you will need to provide us with a full postal address once you have received your confirmation e-mail in order to receive a book for the event and we cannot accommodate book purchases for participants outside the UK.

Tower is a series of interconnected stories set in Beanstalk, a 674-story skyscraper and sovereign nation. Each story deals with how citizens living in the hypermodern high-rise deal with various influences of power in their lives: a group of researchers have to tell their boss that a major powerbroker is a dog, a woman uses the power of the internet to rescue a downed fighter pilot abandoned by the government, and an out-of-towner finds himself in charge of training a gentle elephant to break up protests. Bae explores the forces that shape modern life with wit and a sly wink at the reader.

Bae Myung-hoon is one of the most popular science fiction writers in Korea. A political science graduate of Seoul National University, his works are known for their inventive premises, clarity of language, and quirky sense of humour. Since his literary debut in 2005, he has written ten novels and over fifty short stories and novellas. His short story collections include Hello, Artificial Being (2010) and Art and the Acceleration of Gravity (2016). His novels include Tower (2009), Divine Orbit (2011), Decoy (2012), and First Breath (2015).

Stella Kim has an MA in interpretation and translation at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. She is a winner of the 2014 LTI Korea Award for Aspiring Translators, the 2016 Korea Times Modern Korean Literature Translation Award, and multiple LTI Korea translation grants. Her translations have appeared in Asia Literary Review, ASIA Magazine, and others.

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