Man Asian literary prize winner apologises after plagiarism row

Shin Kyung-sook had earlier denied using material by Yukio Mishima, but has now apologised, saying ‘I can’t believe my own memory’: The Guardian

Shin Kyung-sook, an internationally renowned South Korean novelist who won the $30,000 (£19,000) Man Asian literary prize four years ago, has apologised to her readers and admitted that “everything is my fault” after being accused of plagiarism.

Shin had earlier denied allegations that she had plagiarised passages in her 1996 short story Legend from the Japanese author Yukio Mishima’s Patriotism. The accusation was made by the poet and novelist Lee Eung-jun in the Huffington Post; Lee cited lines from both pieces, calling it “a clear case of plagiarism, a dishonest act of a literary work which cannot be acceptable to any professional literature writer”.

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