Book exports by authors Sun-mi Hwang, You-jeong Jeong and Jung-myung Lee
South Korea Book Exports
December, for most, is a month that symbolizes the close of the year. Over the past year, many South Korean books took a stroll outside South Korea to various countries around the world. It shows South Korean literature has received consistent attention from foreign readers in a number of different countries and fuels hopes they will garner more success in the future.
Sun-mi Hwang's Miracle on Cherry Hill Sold Into the United Kingdom
Sun-mi Hwang's Miracle on Cherry Hill was sold into the United Kingdom and will be published there by Little, Brown. The novel offers an opportunity for readers to think about the values of human life as we live in co-existence with other beings through the story of one old man and the people who come to gather in his yard. It's a novel for readers of all ages, from children to the elderly.
Miracle on Cherry Hill showcases Hwang's unique style that is warm and detailed. With her descriptions of the old man's back yard, closet, attic and storage room that are all secretive locations of a house, Hwang portrays the meaning of life - that sometimes we are not aware of things about ourselves but others are. The publisher that will release this book also published Hwang's earlier novel The Dog Who Dared to Dream. Hwang's breakout novel The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly, which has been published in 29 countries so far, found itself on the bestseller list in the U.K. previously.
You-jeong Jeong's The Good Son Sold Into Brazil and Taiwan
You-jeong Jeong's The Good Son was sold into Brazil and Taiwan. This novel is also slated to be published in the United States and the United Kingdom in early June next year. As a result, the novel will be published in a total of 11 countries, including Finland, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Indonesia and Vietnam.
The United States' Penguin Random House has selected this novel as one of its key publications for the first half of next year and hopes are high for sales in 2018. News that the novel was sold into Brazil and Taiwan is expected to accelerate the speed at which the novel will be demanded by other countries.
Jung-myung Lee's Good Neighbor Sold Into Italy
Jung-myung Lee is known for receiving the Premio Selezione Bancarella in July in Italy for The Investigation. The author's latest book Good Neighbor has recently been sold into Italy. So far, Lee's books The Investigation and The Painter of the Wind have been published in Italy. This is expected to boost hopes Lee's Good Neighbor will also be sold into the United States, where The Investigation and Heaven's Boy have already been published.
Written by Joseph Lee, President of KL Management
Joseph Lee, President of KL Management