Korean Novel Longlisted for Prestigious U.S. Literary Prize

  • By Baik Su-jin

    September 22, 2020 10:48

    Cho Nam-joo's feminist novel "Kim Ji-young, Born in 1982" has been longlisted for the U.S. National Book Award for Translated Literature, one of the most prestigious literary awards in the U.S. The book was translated into English by Jamie Chang.

    The National Book Foundation said the novel "has sold over a million copies and has been translated into 12 languages, signaling the relatability of the everywoman main character, whose life of frustration and submission is recounted to the male psychiatrist her husband sends her to."

    The longlist for translated literature also includes Korean-Japanese author Yu Mi-ri's Japanese-language novel "Tokyo Ueno Station," while "DMZ Colony" by Korean-American poet and translator Choi Don-mee was longlisted in the poetry category.

    Starting last Wednesday, the foundation announced the longlists of nominees in five categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature and young people's literature.

    The winners will be announced on Nov. 18.

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