World Literature

Hwang Jung-eun & Deborah Smith

  • 17
  • Oct




Soft image of Hwang Jung-Eun caught up in reading a sheet of paper on the table in front of her

Korean fiction is on the ascendancy, and we’re thrilled that one of the most successful of South Korea’s younger generation of writers, Hwang Jung-eun, will come to Manchester to talk about her novel, One Hundred Shadows, published for the first time in English by Tilted Axis this Autumn. The book won Korea’s version of the IMPAC Prize and is a potent concoction of oblique fantasy, offbeat almost-romance, and hard-hitting social issues.

Hwang Jung-eun is the author of two acclaimed short story collections and three novels. She will be in conversation with Tilted Axis publisher and translator Deborah Smith, who along with Han Kang has just won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize for The Vegetarian. They will discuss Hwang Jung-eun’s writing, explore the rising interest in Korean fiction globally, and consider the art of translation from those on both sides of the process. Join us for what’s sure to be an unforgettable evening of talk about international fiction in translation. Chaired by Jerome de Groot.