- On the 29th November, under the auspices of increasing cultural exchange between Russia and Korea, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (Minister Cho Yoonsun) and LTI Korea (President Kim Seong-kon) held an event to mark the publication of the tenth volume in the Korean Pre-Modern Literature Series, at the Saint Petersburg International Friendship Society.
Back in 2007, LTI Korea signed a cooperation agreement with Saint Petersburg based publishers Hyperion for work on the first stage of a Korean Pre-Modern Literature Series, whereby works of pre-modern Korean literature published in Russia during the former Soviet period are edited and republished. With the publication of the tenth book in the series, nineteenth-century Korean novel Leisurely Talk at the Inn,’ in November this year, the first-stage publications were completed and so a publication event was held to mark this important occasion.
▲ Publication event for the first set of ten books in the Korean Pre-Modern Literature Series
Arranged by the International Friendship Society, the publication event was attended by around sixty people including, head of Hyperion Publishing Sergey Smolyakov and professor of Korean Studies Anastasia Guryeva who edited the translations for re-publication, as well as local journalists, publishers, translators and readers.
At the event interviews were carried out with local journalists and publishers on subjects such as introducing pre-modern Korean works to readers in Russia, and a cooperation agreement was signed for the second stage of the Korean Pre-Modern Literature Series.
▲ Signing of a cooperation agreement for the second set of books in the Korean Pre-Modern Literature Series
On December 1st and 2nd Korean literature events were held with novelist Oh Jung-hee and poet Kim Seung Hee to mark the publication in November of a Korean literature special edition of Russian literary journal Inostrannaya Literatura. Held in the central auditorium at the Institute of Asian and African Studies, Moscow State University, the event on the 1st December included the prize-giving ceremony for the Russia Korean Literature Essay Competition. Irina Kasatkina, head of Korean Studies at the institute, was MC for the evening and novelist Oh Jung-hee and poet Kim Seung Hee read out their works included in the special edition of Inostrannaya Literatura as well as each giving a brief talk about their literary worlds.
▲ Korean literature event at Moscow State University (novelist Oh Jung-hee)
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