Hae Yisoo

Salvation Through the Useless
Hae Yisoo: You were first published in 1994. When you were starting out, what did you believe literature could do for you? Seo Hajin: I was introverted and obsessive back then — to the point that I couldn’t fall asleep if my shoes weren’t neatly lined up in the foyer. But all that went away when I began to write. I did hesitate for a long time wondering whether someone like me, someone with little talent or experience, was worthy of being a writer. After hitting thirty as an avid reader, I got to thinking it was now or never...
Tumultuous Era, Songs of Violent Passions
Yi Mun-yol resides at the Buak Academy in Icheon, Gyeonggi-do Province, where the surroundings offer mesmerizing scenery with the changing colors of the autumn foliage. The interview was conducted in the author’s study and can be summarized into three themes: Yi Mun-yol’s views on the role of the novel; discussion about The In-between Periphery , his epic novel which was published in the middle of this year; and his personal thoughts on the globalization of Korean literature. Views On the Novel Hae Yisoo: You made your debut as a writer in 1977 and have been writing for 37 years. Has...