Park Kyung-ni (박경리)

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Having failed to make much headway with Park Kyung-ni’s T’oji / Land, I thought I might give her Curse of Kim’s Daughters a try, in preparation for a re-watch of Yu Hyun-mok’s film adaptation of the novel. I didn’t particularly enjoy the movie the first time I saw it. But then, so far I haven’t […]

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A week-long programme of films based on Korean novels at SOAS

by Events Editor 6 April 2015
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April is the month of the London Book Fair (14-16 April at Olympia). Last year Korea was the market focus, an honour assumed by Mexico this year. But the Korea Publishers Association, LTI Korea and other bodies will be attending to fly the flag for Korea. To remind us of the fun we had last […]

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Park Kyung-ni’s tomb in Tongyeong

by Philip Gowman 28 April 2012
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For peope who like to track down literary landmarks, the tomb of Park Kyung-ni, author of the sweeping epic T’oji (Land) can be found on Mireukdo, Tongyeong, just above a memorial hall dedicated to her life and work. And for those who are short of time (like me), and like to tick off a number […]

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I’m one volume in to T’oji, and nothing’s happened yet

by Philip Gowman 30 November 2011
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Why Park Kyung-ni’s epic novel “Land” is like the long-running BBC radio soap opera “The Archers”. And why someone should create a Reader’s Digest version.

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Margaret Drabble reviews Park Kyung-ni’s Land

by Philip Gowman 23 June 2011
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Margaret Drabble reviews Park Kyung-ni's Land in the Times Literary Supplement: "a remarkable and important work in which Eastern and Western traditions fruitfully meet" http://bit.ly/iQ7SBn # Keywords: Authors: Park Kyung-ni (박경리)

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“A major addition to world literature” – a report from the launch of the translation of Park Kyung-ni’s T’oji

by Philip Gowman 27 May 2011
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Monday night at the KCC was part celebration, part education: the launch of an English translation of a major portion of one of Korea’s best-loved modern epics: Park Kyung-ni’s Land. The evening was fronted by the translation’s publisher, Global Oriental (now part of the 300 year old Brill publishing house), but the three speakers were […]

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A celebration of the launch of Park Kyung-ni’s Land in translation

by Events Editor 14 May 2011
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In the mid-90s Kegan Paul published what was billed as Part 1 of Park Kyung-ni’s epic novel, Land (Toji). Translated by Agnita Tennant (Née Hong), the volume extended to 657 pages. In fact, this was only half of Part 1. Global Oriental is now publishing all of it, in three volumes totalling 1,172 pages. There’s […]

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T’oji hits the shops in May

by Philip Gowman 21 April 2011
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1,172 pages and still only 20% complete. Park Kyung-ni’s The Land (T’oji) translated by Agnita Tennant hits the bookshops in May http://bit.ly/hlUvmT # Keywords: Authors: Park Kyung-ni (박경리)

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2010 Travel Diary #20: The House of Choi Champan

by Philip Gowman 25 June 2010
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Wednesday 5 May 2010. What is authenticity? Probably, over the course of Korea’s long history, most of Korea’s precious buildings have burned down and been rebuilt. It’s a natural hazard of building from sustainable materials such as wood. Marauding invaders or revolting slaves can cause great destruction with just a single spark. The reconstruction work […]

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