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Upcoming literature and fiction titles for 2022

Last year was an amazing one for Korean literature in translation, with plenty of lively titles published. 2022 looks for the moment like it’s going to be a little quieter, but new publications sometimes pop out of nowhere, so this list of anticipated books for this year is almost bound to be proved incomplete. There … [Read More]

Moon Jae-in’s 2022 New Year speech

Here is the unofficial translation of President Moon’s 2021 New Year’s Address, sourced from the Cheongwadae website: 2022 New Year’s Address by President Moon Jae-in 3 January 2022 Fellow Koreans, We stand again on the starting line of a New Year. At the center of a tumultuous period in world history, we ring in the … [Read More]

Report on 4th Plenary Meeting of 8th Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea

The end-of-year report from the Party plenary meeting, sourced from Rodong Sinmun and NKNews has alternative takes on the report: “North Korea vows military buildup due to ‘destabilizing’ situation on peninsula” and also “Plenum’s agriculture focus suggests dire food shortages in North Korea” Let Us Strive for Our Great State’s Prosperity and Development and … [Read More]

A look back at our 2021 reading diary

Looking back at this year, it’s been one of the best for new translations of Korean literature that I can remember. There have been at least ten new fiction titles, and unusually for me I managed to get through all the titles I was intending to. All of them are recommendable in their different ways. … [Read More]

Season’s Greetings to all our readers

Another year of intermittent lockdown and social distancing measures, and once again The Drawing Hand has risen to the challenge of creating a suitable seasonal image for LKL’s readers. It’s difficult to see how things are going to change much over the coming months. But we have our enthusiasms and friendships to sustain us. So, … [Read More]