Profile:
Kim Young-ha

One of South Korea’s leading fiction writers, Kim Young-ha’s novels are remarkable for their profligate crossing of boundaries, mixing high and low cultural sources into dazzling post-modern narratives. He is also an accomplished translator from English into Korean, and has recently produced a Korean version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

I Have the Right to Destroy Myself, a fascinating depiction of the aesthetics of death; Black Flower, a rigorous thinking on the possibility of being outside of a nation; and The Pager, a subversive portrayal of the relationship between reality and fantasy, are some of Kim’s most famous works. Aside from these, Kim has also published My Brother’s Back, Quiz Show, Your Republic Is Calling You, I Hear Your Voice and A Murderer’s Guide to Memorization, and is a contributing opinion writer for The International New York Times. His works have been translated and introduced in the US, France, Germany, Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Japan and China.