Lee Chang-rae

LKL reports from the evening with Korean American author Changrae Lee, chaired by Erica Wagner, as part of the Asia House Festival of Asian Literature, 24 May 2010. The Asia House Festival of Asian Literature, now in its fifth year, for the first time included Korean representation this year. With such a title, you might […]


Changrae Lee at Asia House

by Philip Gowman 24 May 2010
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Some authors read their books aloud well. Others don’t. Unfortunately Changrae Lee reading a passage from The Surrendered didn’t make me want to rush out and buy it. # But it was nice to see Margaret Drabble turn up to listen to him at Asia House tonight. Quite a good turnout. # Keywords: Authors: Lee […]

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Schama reviews Surrendered

by Philip Gowman 16 May 2010
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"A novel of desire and displacement that is brilliantly flawed". Simon Schama reviews Changrae Lee's The Surrendered in the FT http://bit.ly/auQAMl # Keywords: Authors: Lee Chang-rae Other tags: Korean War

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Chang-rae Lee: A Gesture Life / Native Speaker

by Philip Gowman 9 April 2006

(Granta, 2000) / (Granta, 1995) / A Gesture Life is a beautiful slow-burn novel which examines the relations between Koreans (both victim and collaborator) and Japanese in the wartime comfort stations. Native Speaker is a detective story which also explores the experiences of Korean immigrants in the US. Read A Gesture Life in preference to […]

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