Lee Seung-U in conversation with Francesca Rhydderch

Lee Seung-U in conversation with Francesca Rhydderch

As part of the Korea Market Focus Cultural Programme at The London Book Fair 2014, Francesca Rhydderch, author of The Rice Paper Diaries (Seren, 2013) will be talking to Lee Seung-U, a leading Korean philosophical novelist in Aberystwyth, in an event organised by Wales Literature Exchange in partnership with the British Council.

Throughout his career, Lee Seung-U has maintained an interest in theological and metaphysical questions, and this is reflected in his writing style that meticulously depicts the inner workings of humans. His works deal with questions about morals arising in the quotidian life as well as more universal issues concerning god, salvation, and guilt. In the Beginning, There Was the Temptation, an adaptation of the Book of Genesis, reflects his interest in theological questions.

When the translation of The Reverse Side of Life, a work dealing with the concept of guilt, was published in France, Le Monde commented: “Intense at times and exceedingly fluid at others, this moving, weighty novel that emerged from a quiet, serious soul is sure to attract the interest of the true aficionados of literature.”

Friday, April 11th 2014, Seddon Room, Old College, Aberystwyth at 6pm. Wine reception to follow.

Please email post@waleslitexchange.org to reserve a place (£5/£3 | free to the unemployed).


Read a Q&A with Lee Seung-U on the British Council website.

'Kudos to South Korea' Stefan Tobler of And Other Stories writes in The Bookseller following his fact-finding trip to South Korea with the British Council.

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