How South Korean writer’s novel became a surprise hit in the US

Shini Kyung-Sook

Author Shin Kyung-sook is probably the most talked-about figure on the South Korea literary scene. Shin’s 2008 bestseller “Please Look after Mom” (título original: Eommareul Butakhae) was translated into English by Chi-Young Kim and published by the respected New York-based publisher Alfred A. Knopf in early April 2011.

So unprecedented is the success of the book—a fictional account of one Korean family’s emotional journey—that Korean culture analyst and Prof. Jung-Sun Park says this might actually suggest a new dimension of the "Korean wave" or "Korea fever" (known locally as hallyu), which is the term used to describe the rising popularity of Korean culture around the world.

Full articles from The Diplomat and Korea JoongAng Daily