By Susan Harris
We’re thrilled that Han Kang and her translator, Deborah Smith, carried off the Man Booker International Prize this week for The Vegetarian. WWB ran an excerpt from that singular book in our April 2014 South Korean issue, and if it’s made you hungry for more, we invite you to sample the many other Korean offerings in our archives. You could start with Koo Byung-Mo’s “Wizard’s Bakery,” in which a teenage runaway stumbles on the secret recipes behind the title business’s success. In “The Chef’s Nail” by Yun Ko-eun, a misread restaurant sign launches a copywriter into a spiral of anomie and madness. And in another workplace tale, Hye Young-pyun’s “O. Cuninculi” an anonymous temp’s impulsive act of kindness only magnifies his alienation. This is only an amuse-bouche for the feast of Korean writing you’ll find; we hope you’ll return for second helpings, though if you’re like us, you may never get your fill.
Photo: A vegetarian meal at Sanchon Temple, by Julie Facine on Flickr
Published May 20, 2016 Copyright 2016 Susan Harris