The LKL Korea Book Database is a list of books we have or would like to have on our bookshelves: books we’re looking forward to reading in the future; books we wish we’d read in the past; and yes, books we know we ought to read but probably won’t. Of course, it also contains books we have actually read, and many of them we have reviewed as well.
The database contains the following (the items lower down the list are work in progress: links will follow when the section has critical mass):
- The K-Lit Hub: what we think is a 99% complete list of post-1900 Korean prose fiction that has been translated into English and published in a hard copy book. For the moment, we’ve excluded magazines, journals and online translations. The 1% we haven’t logged represent a handful of books we know were published but which are now impossible to track down, or where there are equally serviceable and more readily available translations available. The database will grow to include eBooks and online translations where I know of their existence. The hub contains the following lists:
- Other fiction:
- Some of the core translations of classical / pre-modern Korean fiction (and some non-fiction), whether written in hangul or Chinese
- Korea-related fiction written in English, by both Koreans and non-Koreans
- Korea-related fiction written in other languages but available in English translation
- Non-fiction books:
- Poetry (a patchy list which in no way claims to be balanced or representative)
- A list of upcoming titles we’re looking forward to (both fiction and non-fiction)
- A list of recent titles you might have missed
These lists can only contain the books we know about. So if you’re aware of an upcoming book that we should be tracking, whether fiction or non-fiction, let us know about it. If it’s literature in translation, we’ll definitely add it. If it’s non-fiction, we’ll probably add it, but reserve the right to politely decline because hours in the day, and database space, are finite resources.