[Web Exclusive] Ordinary Alienation: A Conversation with Son Hong-kyu
- onMay 16, 2018
- Vol.39 Spring 2018
- byKorean Literature Now
Q. What do you do when you’re not writing?
Son Hong-kyu: I’m useless when it comes to other things than writing. I don’t have any real hobbies. I lead a very boring life. What I like best is reading and writing. I turn to books for inspiration, I turn to books for relaxation. I’ll work myself up reading and cool down reading again. It’s really the only thing I truly enjoy, reading books and writing.
Q. Is there a reason that most of your novels are set in the city?
Son: I’ve lived in the city longer than I lived in my hometown by now, but I still can’t shrug off the feeling of being an outsider in the city, that the city will never belong to me, nor I truly belong to the city.
In my thinking, this feeling of being an outsider means that you don’t assimilate with the qualities that make city living attractive to people in the first place; it’s where you have the material goods of civilization in their most sophisticated form.