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Jung Young Moon @ Brazos Bookstore (Houston, TX)

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Jung Young Moon, South Korea’s award-winning, cult favorite, and most enigmatic contemporary author, a bestseller in France, Germany, and South Korea alike, comes to Houston to present his novels A Contrived World (Dalkey Archive, 2016) and Vaseline Buddha (Deep Vellum, 2016), which scrubs the depths of the human psyche to achieve a higher level of consciousness equal to Zen meditation. This tragicomic odyssey told through free association opens when our sleepless narrator thwarts a would-be thief outside his moonlit window, then delves into his subconscious imagination to explore a variety of geographical and mental locations—real, unreal, surreal—to explore the very nature of reality: from a treacherous flight in the mountains of Nepal to a park bench in Budapest to a bizarre conversation in Amsterdam to an encounter with an inflatable rubber dolphin floating in a small river in provincial France.

Vaseline Buddha is truly meaningful, rewarding literature. What makes this novel so fascinating is its permanent liminality and ambiguity: it is exactly the completely obvious which remains ultimately cryptic; it is exactly the linguistic hyper-precision which leads to confusion; it is exactly the “boring” stuff which becomes thrilling at another level; and it is exactly the humorous, ironic attitude of the author-narrator that proves his deep seriousness.

If the purpose of travel, in a way, is to shatter illusions about an unknown world, my travels are true to their purpose in that respect. A logic could be developed, a logic that’s perhaps forced, that it’s best not to travel at all in order to maintain an illusion, and in fact, when I considered traveling, I was always conflicted between maintaining an illusion by not traveling, and seeing an illusion get shattered by traveling.

Jung Young Moon‘s tour of the United States is made possible through the generous support of the Literature Translation Institute of Korea.

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Jung Young Moon @ Malvern Books (Austin, TX)

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Jung Young Moon, South Korea’s award-winning, cult favorite, and most enigmatic contemporary author, a bestseller in France, Germany, and South Korea alike, comes to Austin to present his novels A Contrived World (Dalkey Archive, 2016) and Vaseline Buddha (Deep Vellum, 2016), which scrubs the depths of the human psyche to achieve a higher level of consciousness equal to Zen meditation. This tragicomic odyssey told through free association opens when our sleepless narrator thwarts a would-be thief outside his moonlit window, then delves into his subconscious imagination to explore a variety of geographical and mental locations—real, unreal, surreal—to explore the very nature of reality: from a treacherous flight in the mountains of Nepal to a park bench in Budapest to a bizarre conversation in Amsterdam to an encounter with an inflatable rubber dolphin floating in a small river in provincial France.

Vaseline Buddha is truly meaningful, rewarding literature. What makes this novel so fascinating is its permanent liminality and ambiguity: it is exactly the completely obvious which remains ultimately cryptic; it is exactly the linguistic hyper-precision which leads to confusion; it is exactly the “boring” stuff which becomes thrilling at another level; and it is exactly the humorous, ironic attitude of the author-narrator that proves his deep seriousness.

If the purpose of travel, in a way, is to shatter illusions about an unknown world, my travels are true to their purpose in that respect. A logic could be developed, a logic that’s perhaps forced, that it’s best not to travel at all in order to maintain an illusion, and in fact, when I considered traveling, I was always conflicted between maintaining an illusion by not traveling, and seeing an illusion get shattered by traveling.

Jung Young Moon‘s tour of the United States is made possible through the generous support of the Literature Translation Institute of Korea.

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Jung Young Moon @ Dallas Institute of Humanities & Culture (Dallas)

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Jung Young Moon, South Korea’s award-winning, cult favorite, and most enigmatic contemporary author, a bestseller in France, Germany, and South Korea alike, comes to Dallas to present his novel Vaseline Buddha (Deep Vellum, 2016), which scrubs the depths of the human psyche to achieve a higher level of consciousness equal to Zen meditation. This tragicomic odyssey told through free association opens when our sleepless narrator thwarts a would-be thief outside his moonlit window, then delves into his subconscious imagination to explore a variety of geographical and mental locations—real, unreal, surreal—to explore the very nature of reality: from a treacherous flight in the mountains of Nepal to a park bench in Budapest to a bizarre conversation in Amsterdam to an encounter with an inflatable rubber dolphin floating in a small river in provincial France.

Vaseline Buddha is truly meaningful, rewarding literature. What makes this novel so fascinating is its permanent liminality and ambiguity: it is exactly the completely obvious which remains ultimately cryptic; it is exactly the linguistic hyper-precision which leads to confusion; it is exactly the “boring” stuff which becomes thrilling at another level; and it is exactly the humorous, ironic attitude of the author-narrator that proves his deep seriousness.

If the purpose of travel, in a way, is to shatter illusions about an unknown world, my travels are true to their purpose in that respect. A logic could be developed, a logic that’s perhaps forced, that it’s best not to travel at all in order to maintain an illusion, and in fact, when I considered traveling, I was always conflicted between maintaining an illusion by not traveling, and seeing an illusion get shattered by traveling.

Jung Young Moon‘s tour of the United States is made possible through the generous support of the Literature Translation Institute of Korea.

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Jung Young Moon @ Crow Collection of Asian Art (Dallas)

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Jung Young Moon, South Korea’s award-winning, cult favorite, and most enigmatic contemporary author, a bestseller in France, Germany, and South Korea alike, comes to Dallas to present his novel Vaseline Buddha (Deep Vellum, 2016), which scrubs the depths of the human psyche to achieve a higher level of consciousness equal to Zen meditation. This tragicomic odyssey told through free association opens when our sleepless narrator thwarts a would-be thief outside his moonlit window, then delves into his subconscious imagination to explore a variety of geographical and mental locations—real, unreal, surreal—to explore the very nature of reality: from a treacherous flight in the mountains of Nepal to a park bench in Budapest to a bizarre conversation in Amsterdam to an encounter with an inflatable rubber dolphin floating in a small river in provincial France.

Vaseline Buddha is truly meaningful, rewarding literature. What makes this novel so fascinating is its permanent liminality and ambiguity: it is exactly the completely obvious which remains ultimately cryptic; it is exactly the linguistic hyper-precision which leads to confusion; it is exactly the “boring” stuff which becomes thrilling at another level; and it is exactly the humorous, ironic attitude of the author-narrator that proves his deep seriousness.

If the purpose of travel, in a way, is to shatter illusions about an unknown world, my travels are true to their purpose in that respect. A logic could be developed, a logic that’s perhaps forced, that it’s best not to travel at all in order to maintain an illusion, and in fact, when I considered traveling, I was always conflicted between maintaining an illusion by not traveling, and seeing an illusion get shattered by traveling.

Jung Young Moon‘s tour of the United States is made possible through the generous support of the Literature Translation Institute of Korea.

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Jung Young Moon at the Seattle Asian Art Museum (Seattle, WA)

 
ASIA TALKS: AUTHOR JUNG YOUNG MOON

South Korea’s eccentric, award-winning, contemporary author discusses his novel Vaseline Buddha. Newly translated into English, it delves into subconscious worlds blending reality and imagination.

ONE ACHIEVES A KIND OF SERENITY WHEN DELVING INTO THIS BOOK. I FIND THAT ECCENTRICS LIKE JUNG ARE NEEDED IN LITERATURE.
–ACHIM STANISLAWSKI

The story opens when our sleepless narrator thwarts a would-be thief outside his moonlit window, then delves into his subconscious imagination to explore a variety of geographical and mental locations—real, unreal, and surreal. He takes us from a treacherous flight in the mountains of Nepal to a park bench in Budapest to a bizarre conversation in Amsterdam to an encounter with an inflatable rubber dolphin floating in a small river in provincial France.

Free admission with RSVP.
Photo: Dong-ha Choe.
Jung Young Moon‘s tour of the United States is made possible through the generous support of the Literature Translation Institute of Korea.
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Jung Young-Moon w/ Katrina Dodson, Amara Lakhous, & Idra Novey, mod. by Michael Holtmann @ Bay Area Book Festival (Berkeley, CA)

The Art of Translation
w/ Katrina Dodson, Amara Lakhous, Jung Young-Moon, and Idra Novey, moderated by Michael Holtmann

Journeys Stage at the Osher Studio, 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Jung Young Moon

Sessions fill up fast! Reserve a ticket for $5 or free admission via the standby line:

Eventbrite - Bay Area Book Festival | June 4 & 5, 2016

Translators alchemize foreign masterworks by harnessing the potential of language. This session explores the nuanced art of translation from the point of view of four of its most devoted practitioners: Katrina Dodson, Amara Lakhous, Jung Young-Moon,and Idra Novey. Moderated by Michael Holtmann, director of the Center for the Art of Translation.


Sponsored by the Center for the Art of Translation, the Italian Cultural Institute in San Francisco, and LTI Korea

 

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Jung Young Moon w/ Sara Baume, Amara Lakhous, & Johanna Sinisalo @ Bay Area Book Festival (Berkeley, CA)

Outsiders and Misfits, Unite (and Write)
w/ Sara Baume, Amara Lakhous, Jung Young-Moon, and Johanna Sinisalo

Journeys Stage at the Osher Studio, 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM

Sessions fill up fast! Reserve a ticket for $5 or free admission via the standby line:

Eventbrite - Bay Area Book Festival | June 4 & 5, 2016

What is the germ that starts a story? Often, it is the lived experience of alienation. In this panel of stellar literary voices, all from abroad, you’ll get to explore that theme through diverse frames: Baume’s lyrical tale of a man and his dog in the Irish countryside, Lakhous’ farcical polyglot Italy, Young-Moon’s surreal San Francisco capers, and Sinisalo’s dystopian Finland, where the state is phasing out real women and our protagonist must hid her intellect…


Sponsored by Culture Ireland, the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco, LTI Korea, and Finlandia Foundation National

 

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DV Spring 2016 Catalog

Our Spring 2016 catalog is here, get into it! Six of your new favorite books: April: Serhiy Zhadan – Voroshilovgrad (translated by Reilly Costigan-Humes & Isaac Wheeler) — a post-Soviet magical realist romp through now-war-torn eastern Ukraine from the most prominent poet, writer, rockstar, and pro-democracy activist in all of Ukraine today; and Zhadan will tour […]

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Korea Recap: Seoul Man & K-Lit

Back in early December I was fortunate enough to participate in my third editors’ trip of 2014 (the other two were Germany & the Netherlands over the summer), this time to SOUTH KOREA! I started writing this blog post BEFORE CHRISTMAS and got sidetracked by the holidays, and then spent nearly all of January prepping The Art […]

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