Kim Ae-ran, Han Kang vying for German literary award

By Yoon Min-sik
  • Published : May 29, 2018 - 15:40
  • Updated : May 29, 2018 - 15:40

Writers Kim Ae-ran and Han Kang have been shortlisted for a literary award given by a German organization that promotes work from Asia, Africa and South America.

Litprom recently commenced online voting for its Liberaturpreis prize, an annual award given to a female writer from the aforementioned continents. Its candidates consist of female writers whose works have been included in the quarterly recommendation by the organization. 

The cover for ““My Palpitating Life” (Literature Translation Institute of Korea)

Eight books including Kim’s “My Palpitating Life (German: Mein pochendes Leben)” and Han’s “Human Acts (German: Menschenwerk)” have been listed as candidates for this year.

Kim’s book was published in Germany by local publisher Cass Verlag in 2017, with the help of Literature Translation Institute of Korea, while Han’s book was published the same year by publisher Aufbau Verlag.

Kim is noted for winning Yi Sang Literary Award with “The Future of Silence” in 2013, and Han for winning the Man Booker International Prize in 2016 with “Vegetarian.” 

The cover for “Human Acts” (Literature Translation Institute of Korea)

Since 2016, the winner of Liberaturpreis has been decided by a popular vote held online. This year’s vote will be held at from last Friday to this Thursday, with the vote ending at midnight, German time. The results will be announced in June.

The winner will be awarded 3,000 Euros ($3,491) and will attend an award ceremony held at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair. 

By Yoon Min-sik