The London Book Fair Korea Market Focus 2014: Separations


Authors from Korea, Pakistan and Singapore discuss their work and the question: How does the partition of a country and divisions of families affect its society and their work as writers? With Kyung-sook Shin, Qaisra Shahraz and Krys Lee.
Supported by Pan Asian Women’s Association. This event is part of The Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival.

Tickets: £10 (£8 Concessions / £6 Friends), book online at

Date: Thursday 10 April, 18.45-20.00
Venue: Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP

Kyung-sook Shin was born in 1963 and is part of the ‘386 generation’, a cohort of young Koreans who were particularly politically active in the democracy movement of the 1980s. Despite her political involvement, however, her works look inwards at her characters’ psychological wounds and difficulty in reconciling themselves to their present and future. Her novel Please Look After Mother has sold over two million copies in Korea and won the Man Asian Literary Prize, and is available in translation in English. The novel struck a chord in Korea; the story of a rural woman becoming lost in Seoul while attempting to visit her children in the city contains profound echoes of the anxiety in Korea over the recent shift from the traditional to the modern. Her other novels include I’ll be Right There, A Lone Room, The Strawberry Field, and Lee Jin. In 2011, Kyung-sook Shin taught at Columbia University in New York as a visiting scholar.

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