The London Book Fair Korea Market Focus 2014: In conversation with Kim Young-ha


Kim Young-ha will be in conversation about his novels, their translation into other languages and adaptation into film. He’ll also be talking about his literary influences, and how his writing reflects the literary traditions, history and culture of South Korea.

Tickets: £10, book online

Date: Friday 11 April, 19.00-20.00
Venue: London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, London WC1A 2JL

Kim Young-ha was born in 1968. He studied business administration at university and made his literary debut in 1995. Kim’s novels are a post-Romantic narrative of a nomad. Kim often introduces himself as a man without a hometown . Because his father was in the military, Kim switched schools once a year and learned the new rules of the game every time. His childhood experience of migration was perhaps a fate dealt to him; Kim Young-ha, the novelist, in turn, desires the experience of diaspora and blends it into his writing. His novels incessantly travel across the boundaries between reality and fantasy, desire and death, consciousness and body,  fiction and media, Korea and foreign countries. To Kim, boundaries are the places of communication. I Have the Right to Destroy Myself, a fascinating depiction of the aesthetics of death; Black Flower, a rigorous thinking on the possibility of being outside of a nation; and The Pager, a subversive portrayal of the relationship between reality and fantasy, are some of Kim’s most famous works. Aside from these, Kim has also published My Brother’s BackQuiz ShowYour Republic Is Calling YouI Hear Your Voice and A Murderer’s Guide to Memorization. He has hosted a radio show about books, has served as a professor at Korean National University of Arts, and has had a long-term stay in Canada and the US after 2008. His works have been translated and introduced in the US, France, Germany, Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Japan and China.

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