This book startled me, multiple times, in different ways.
This1 also startled me.
So much so that I looked a little deeper and found this interview2, from which I quote below.
Translating as a hobby didn’t apply for me, as it wasn’t as though I happened to know Korean and thought I might as well have a go – my initial decision to learn a language, which happened to be Korean, was with a view to doing some translating somewhere down the line. And part of the reason I chose Korean as that language was that I suspected it would provide certain opportunities for getting work as a translator, given the almost complete dearth of Korean literature available in English, and the fact that I knew Korea was a highly-developed, modern country with – presumably – a flourishing publishing industry. Again, as I had no prior connection with, or investment in, Korea or Korean culture, it wasn’t so much an ambition to promote Korean literature overseas as the sense that there was a (relatively) untapped niche that I could exploit to my advantage!
Thank you, Han Kang, and thank you, Deborah Smith.
Everybody look at this carefully. Commit this to memory. Every single one.
Remember this. And forget everything else.
When it goes down, we will communicate like this.
ㅁㅆ ㅡㅑㅇㅜㅑㅆㄸ ㅉㄸ ㄲㅕㅜ.
Got it? Good.
It sucks, it really does. It’s not fun.
Oh him? Him? He cries every day. Seriously. He does. He’s weak.
Watch, I’m going to get in trouble for this. Just being here. Watch.
It’s called “No More Show.” It’s on the Internet, yes.
What kind of show is it? It’s, you know, it’s girls, there are a dozen or so of us, and we do, we do comedy things.
Like you know…
you just have to watch it, I guess.
You just have to see it.
It’s going to be funny, I promise you, Jack. It’s right up your alley.
They are going to love you, I’m telling you.
They will love you forever.
Beyond the physical, I mean. That’s what I’m asking.
No, what has fundamentally changed about you? Did each body part have a different effect on you? After the eyes? OK, the nose.
Surely it’s been different, after the nose.
No matter: Your confidence has increased 1. But maybe your posture has changed. I can’t quite tell.
We’re in a crowded room, are you speaking differently? Louder? No.
Are you drinking more? No, I don’t think so. Yes, have another.
You know what? I think you’re exactly the same, actually.
Yeah. You’re the same.