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What can the 10 South Korean writers selected for the book fair this week tell us about a country that has been cut in two? The Star
After two years of political hot potatoes – first China and then Turkey – this year’s “market focus” country presents a different challenge to the London Book Fair, which runs this week: Who wants to read books from Korea? The choice of name could be dismissed as opportunistically misleading; Korea is two countries, but the 10 writers who will be at the book fair are all from the south.
Among many physical and online bookstores’ top 10 bestselling books, Insight written by CCTV hostess Chai Jing, and Tiny Times, written by “post-80s generation” Chinese writer Guo Jingming, have been holding a place for quite a long time. Not to mention the great demand for works by Mo Yan, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2012.
However, in contrast to the high sales seen in the Chinese mainland, these popular works encountered an unexpected snub at the Hong Kong Book Fair, which was held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center from July 17 to 23.