Kim Yeonsu

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Kim Yeonsu
Kim Yeonsu
Kim Yeonsu
Born 1970 (age 47–48)
South Korea
Occupation Author
Language Korean
Nationality South Korean
Period 1970-Present
Genre Modernist
Kim Yeonsu
Hangul 연수
Hanja 衍洙
Revised Romanization Gim Yeon-su
McCune–Reischauer Kim Yŏnsu


Kim Yeonsu (The romanization preferred by the author according to LTI Korea[1]) (Hangul김연수; born 1970) is a South Korean writer.[2]

Life[edit]

Kim Yeonsu was born in Kimcheon, Kyeongsangbuk-do in 1970. He graduated with a degree in English Literature from Sungkyunkwan University, which was founded in 1398 as the highest national educational institute in the early years of the Joseon Dynasty in Korea. After graduation, Kim was an office worker by day, a translator at night, and spent the remainder of his time writing novels.[3] In 1997, Kim worked as a reporter for a woman's magazine, and this experience was also key to his outlook that daily life is difficult.[4]

Work[edit]

Kim made his debut in 1993 with a poem in the journal Jakka Segye (Writer’s World) and the next year published a novel I Wear a Mask (Gamyeon-eul Gariki-myeo Geotgi). His work World’s End Girlfriend sold 40,000 copies in less than three months of publication[5]

Kim’s literary world is shaped by his study of humanities and at the same time owes much to the Argentinian writer, [Jorge Luis Borges], whose influence is paramount in his first collection of short stories, Twenty Years Old. The author’s admiration of Borges is particularly evident in such stories as “Babel’s Library” and “Funes, A Master of Remembrance” which are often seen as an homage to the famed writer.[6]

Kim did not content himself with a place in the shadow of a literary great. His third novel, Good Bye Lee Sang was met with a critical reception worthy of a masterpiece at the very pinnacle of humanistic imagination. To be sure, Borgesian influence is still unmistakable, but only in the background: the novel, as a whole, is animated by the author’s own meticulous and in-depth study of Lee Sang, the Korean existentialist writer of the 1930s who produced some of the most exotic and complex stories in Korean literary history. Good Bye Lee Sang is concerned with the question of truth and of existence as well as the very definition of literature which, in Kim’s view, are not mutually exclusive. “The reason why I write,” the author has said,” is to find out whether the truth does indeed exist in the act of writing.[7]

When I Was Still A Child, which first appeared in serial form, is a collection of stories based on his childhood and adolescence. Although it was written with considerable ease and employs much lighter tone of voice than Good Bye Lee Sang, the stories in this collection provide yet another venue for exploring the nature of truth, which has always remained the focus of Kim’s interest.[8]

As a young author, Kim’s works are just now being translated with only the short story "New York Bakery" already published.[9] Whoever You are, No matter how lonely you are (Ne-ga Nugu-deun, Eolmana Oeropdeun) is being translated into Japanese, Chinese, and Russian, while I Love You, Seonnyeong (Saranghae, Seonnyeong-a) is being translated into French. The French translation of his 2005 collection of short stories I’m a Ghost Writer (Na-neun Yuryeong Jakga Imnida) has been completed and is waiting to be published by Zulma Publishing and the collection is also being translated into German and English.[10]

Awards[edit]

Works in English[edit]

Works in Korean (Partial)[edit]

Collections
• 《스무살》 (문학동네, 2000)
• 《내가 아직 아이였을때》 (문학동네, 2002)
• 《나는 유령작가입니다》 (창작과 비평, 2005)
• 《세계의 끝 여자친구》 (문학동네, 2009)
• Long Fiction
• 《가면을 가리키며 걷기》 (세계사, 1994)
• 《7번국도》 (문학동네, 1997)
• 《꾿빠이 이상》 (문학동네, 2001)
• 《사랑이라니, 선영아》 (작가정신, 2003)
• 《네가 누구든 얼마나 외롭든》 (문학동네, 2007)
• 《밤은 노래한다》 (문학과 지성사, 2008)
• 《7번국도 REVISITED》(문학동네, 2010)
• 《원더보이》 (문학동네, 2012)
• 《파도가 바다의 일이라면》 (자음과모음, 2012)
Translations
• 조지 쉬언,《달리기와 존재하기》(한문화, 2003)
• 레이먼드 카버,《대성당》(문학동네, 2007)
• 하 진,《기다림》(시공사, 2007)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2015-01-13.
  2. ^ "김연수 " LTI Korea Datasheet: http://klti.or.kr/ke_04_03_011.do# Archived 2013-09-21 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Kim Yeon-su, A Novelist Who Aspires to Do Something New, Korea Net, May 03, 2012. http://www.korea.net/NewsFocus/People/view?articleId=100242
  4. ^ The Indefinable Boundary of Fact and Fiction, LIST Magazine, Vol.7 Spring 2010
  5. ^ The Indefinable Boundary of Fact and Fiction, LIST Magazine, Vol.7 Spring 2010
  6. ^ "김연수 " LTI Korea Datasheet: http://klti.or.kr/ke_04_03_011.do# Archived 2013-09-21 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "김연수 " LTI Korea Datasheet: http://klti.or.kr/ke_04_03_011.do# Archived 2013-09-21 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "김연수 " LTI Korea Datasheet: http://klti.or.kr/ke_04_03_011.do# Archived 2013-09-21 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Koreana, Vol 26 No 3, Autumn 2012, 92-103
  10. ^ Kim Yeon-su, A Novelist Who Aspires to Do Something New, Korea Net, May 03, 2012. http://www.korea.net/NewsFocus/People/view?articleId=100242

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