The 6th Korean Culture Festival took place last weekend in São Paulo and it was quite good. There were lots of thing to see and eat (yay!), but my only complaint goes to all the space given to kpop. I mean, I like pop music as much as the next person and I’m even slightly obsessed with Big Bang, but there’s so much more about Korean Culture that I’d like to see in an event like this… Anyway, I’m still choosing and editing photographs, so the post on it will be published this weekend. A sneak peek below, the main stage.
# The Portable Library of Korean Literature
Given my background, it was only a matter of time before I got all tangled up in Korean literature and started buying books to understand more about its culture. So, five or six weeks ago, I ordered some books from Amazon and they arrived today. Well, four of them did; for some reason, one of them was shipped separately one day later. I got Waxen Wings: The Acta Koreana Anthology of Short Fiction from Korea, The Red Room: Stories of Trauma in Contemporary Korea, Photo Shop Murder (by Kim Young-ha) and The Dwarf (by Choi Se-hui).
Straight away, the most interesting one is Photo Shop Murder, but not specifically because of its style, since I haven’t read it yet, but because it belongs to this really nice collection that showcases Korean authors. An extract that explains it much better:
“The Portable Library of Korean Literature introduces readers around the world to the depth and breadth of a vibrant literary tradition that heretofore has been little known outside of Korea. These small books, each devoted to a single writer, will be appreciated for their originality, for their universality and for their broad range of styles and themes. The goal of The Portable Library of Korean Literature is to bring Korean creative writing into the maisntream of world literature.”
So, expect posts on that, too!