- Bae Suah
Just when it seemed as though 20th century literature had exhausted the possibilities of choral narrative, along comes Bae Suah. In El Restaurante de Sukiyaki (The Sukiyaki Restaurant), the author, born in 1965, has invented a narrative machine that interweaves parallel stories in which the characters, their living conditions and economic difficulties in a hyper-competitive society, are relayed in a firm, objective, straightforward voice that sustains the novel.
Bae Suah is a Korean novelist and translator who has published six collections of short stories, 14 novels, and numerous translations since 1993. On paper this may not look so different from the careers of other respected Korean novelists; however, Bae stands out as one of the most risk-taking, experimental writers active in Korea today. Her work from the 2000s onwards has leaned towards the novel-essay, or experimentation with what Milan Kundera dubbed “the possibilities of the novel as essay.”
Bae Suah, one of Korea’s most innovative writers, has departed from the tradition of mainstream literature and created her own literary world based on a unique style and knack for psychological description.