Introducing Korean Literature to Mexico, Cuba
|Last summer, the Daesan Foundation sponsored
a series of events in Mexico and Cuba designed to provide an introduction
to Korean literature. In attendance at the forum, which ran from June
21st through July 2nd, were many prominent members of the Korean literary
community, including novelist and Gangwon Universitiy professor JEON
Sang-Guk, poet CHOI Seung-Ho, novelist LEE Seung-U, and Danguk University
professor KO Hye-Sun.
On June 23rd, the Cuban Writers' League hosted a Korean literature-centered
event attended by Francisco Lopez, president of the League, and leading
Cuban author Leonardo Padura. A special edition of the League's publication
"Union" was dedicated to Korean literature.
The events held in Mexico were made up of four separate readings of
Korean literary works. Mexico's Ministry of Culture, the Mexican Authors'
League, and various academic institutions and organizations were actively
involved in these events, participating in discussions, seminars,
and lectures. In addition, on June 30th, an agreement was reached
with "Fondo de Cultura Economica," Mexico's largest publishing
house, to pursue the Spanish language publication of a 'Korean Literature'
Participation in the Frankfurt Book Fair and Book Readings
|The Daesan Foundation has already begun
preparations for Korea's participation in the 2005 Frankfurt Book
Fair as a Guest of Honor. In addition to securing a Daesan booth at
the Fair itself, the Foundation also hosted a reading of Korean Literature
The Daesan Foundation's booth included works of Korean literature
in translation as well as a selection of Daesan World Classics. Also
displayed was a photographic record of past events Daesan has sponsored
in order to further international literary exchange. During the five-day
Fair, an average of 60～70 people, including scholars of Korean literature
and representatives from German publishing houses, visited Daesan's
booth each day.
A number of book readings by visiting Korean writers were held in
and around Frankfurt. On October 10th, a forum held in the International
Center within the Book Fair complex included readings by poet HWANG
Ji-Woo, novelist SHIN Kyung-Suk, and KO Won, a poet and Seoul National
University professor. Uwe Schmelter, the director of the Goethe Institute,
acted as mediator for this event, which had approximately 120 participants.
A second reading and literature/culture discussion session held later
that same day at Frankfurt's Main Library was also attended by HWANG
Ji-Woo and SHIN Kyung-Suk and mediated by Thomas Hocke, a prominent
member of the German press.
LEE Hye-Kyung's Liberaturpreis Honorable Mention
|LEE Hye-Kyung's novel The House on the
Road was awarded the Liberaturpreis honorable mention. Each year,
a candidate for the honorable mention is nominated by the winner of
the previous year's grand prize, after which the work is evaluated
by the panel of Liberaturpreis judges. The House on the Road was nominated
by the winner of 2003's 16th Liberaturpreis, novelist OH Jung-Hee.
The House on the Road is a full-length novel that explores the relationships
between members of a family on the verge of collapse. In March, author
LEE Hye-Kyung visited Germany and gave a number of readings. This
novel will be published in 2005, in time for the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Venezuelan Poetry Collection : Book Launch, Poetry Reading
|In celebration of the publication of Modern
Poetry of Venezuela 60 Poets, the Daesan Foundation lent its support
to a book launch/poetry reading hosted by the Venezuelan embassy in
Korea. Held on June 2nd at 'Literature House, Seoul,' the reading
was attended by the Venezuelan Ambassador, the Chilean Ambassador,
the Mexican Ambassador, and numerous professors and members of the
Korean literary community.
Author LEE Ho-Chul's American Book Tour; Book Launch
|To launch the newly published English
language translations of LEE Ho-Chul's novel Southerners, Northerners
and book of short stories Panmunjom and Other Stories, the Daesan
Foundation sponsored LEE's U.S. book tour. The theme of LEE's book
tour was 'Overcoming Division, the Hope of Humanity.' The tour began
at the Korean Cultural Center in New York on November 30th and ran
through the middle of December, with stops in Portland, Washington,
Berkeley, and Los Angeles.
Poet KIM Kwang-Kyu: Book Launch, Lecture Tour
|To celebrate the Japanese publication
of Selected Poems of KIM Kwang-Kyu, the Daesan Foundation sponsored
a book launch tour in recognition of both the author, KIM, and the
translator, professor YOON Sang-In of Hanyang University. The book
launch, held on November 25th, was attended by Dakaki Yuko, the president
of the publishing house that released KIM's collection of poetry (土曜美術出版社),
as well as poets Hotei Doshihiro and Ibaragi Noriko. Kim and his works,
said to have "changed the way the Japanese perceive modern Korean
poetry," have received much acclaim in Japan. KIM Kwang-Kyu's
lecture at Waseda University, entitled "Today's Korean,"
was a great success.