The Daesan Foundation announced the winners of the 23rd Daesan Literary Awards in five categories, including poetry, fiction, drama, criticism, and translation, on November 2nd, 2015. Jan Henrik Dirks, professor at Gachon University’s Department of European Languages & Literature, won in the translation category for his translation of Jung Young Moon’s Vaseline Buddha, which was judged to be the most outstanding German translation of Korean literature published in the last four years.
Professor Dirks teaches at LTI Korea’s Translation Academy and has also won several translation grants from LTI Korea. Vaseline Buddha was published by Literaturverlag Droschl in 2015 with funding from LTI Korea. The literary value of the original Korean prose as well as the elegant translation based upon a strong understanding of Korean language and culture were both rated highly by the judges.