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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...
Ko Un, the Shaman of Lyric Poets
Park Hae-hyun: You published the poetry collection, Untitled , to commemorate the 55th anniversary of your debut. It is a collection of 539 untitled poems. What is the theme of this collection? Ko Un: The first draft of the collection was written when I was staying in Venice. I sometimes wrote 10 poems per night. The poetic meteor shower rained night and day. The reason I didn’t give any titles to the poems was because I suspected that poetry, which I consider to be the language of freedom and liberation, was being trapped in the titles. I wanted the poems...
Poet Meets Poet: Kim So Yeon and Dan Disney
Poet Kim So Yeon (Korea) and Dan Disney (Australia), participants of the 2014 Seoul International Writer’s Festival (SIWF), ask questions about each other’s poems. Kim So Yeon was born in 1967 in Gyeongju. She was educated at the Catholic University of Korea (BA, MA, Korean Literature). In 1993, she published her first poem "We Praise" in the quarterly Hyundae Poetry and Thought . She has published the poetry collections Pushed to the Limit, The Exhaustion of Stars Pulls the Night, Bones Called Tears, A Mathematician's Morning, and the essay collections Heart Dictionary, The World of Siot. She is the recipient...
Poet Meets Poet: Kim So Yeon and Dan Disney
Poet Kim So Yeon (Korea) and Dan Disney (Australia), participants of the 2014 Seoul International Writer’s Festival (SIWF), ask questions about each other’s poems. Kim So Yeon was born in 1967 in Gyeongju. She was educated at the Catholic University of Korea (BA, MA, Korean Literature). In 1993, she published her first poem "We Praise" in the quarterly Hyundae Poetry and Thought . She has published the poetry collections Pushed to the Limit, The Exhaustion of Stars Pulls the Night, Bones Called Tears, A Mathematician's Morning, and the essay collections Heart Dictionary, The World of Siot. She is the recipient...
The Journey of a Science Fiction Writer: Novelist Bok Geo-il
Bok Geo-il is widely considered to be a writer who has ushered in a new epoch in the Korean SF genre. Having made a spectacular debut with the novel In Search of an Epitaph , Bok has continued to expand the horizons of Korean SF by making use of distinctive literary devices such as time reversal or the reverse of history. Ko Doo Hyun: You debuted as a writer at age 41 with the novel In Search of an Epitaph published in 1987 after you quit a pretty decent job. At the time of your debut, you were an obscure...
Following the Vestiges of Illusion and Reality
Why did she not have a name? She did not have a name. The protagonist of the story we read for our trip to Busan and Tongyeong did not have a name and neither did the other characters of the story. The only one who had a name was the protagonist’s older brother, Ha-rin. She did not even know him; she did not know where he was or if she could find him, but he had a name. She and her companion left to find him in the far south lands of the Korean peninsula in a place called Tongyeong...

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