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 pretty 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 roughly 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:
- List of novels or short story collections, where the publication contains work by a single author, with links to reviews
- List of anthologies of short stories by multiple authors
- When you click on the name of an author or translator, a list of titles by that author / translator. Where an author both writes and translates, those lists are combined.
- Other fiction, including poetry and theatre:
- Some of the core translations of classical / pre-modern Korean poetry, 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
- Graphic novels
- Poetry in translation (by publication date)
- Poetry in translation (alphabetical by author)
- Poetry in English
- Non-fiction books:
- 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.