by Mollie Weisenfeld
The authors featured here have a decidedly international spin. None of these writers were born in the United States and only one lives in the country now. The date of their work’s publication in English, either as a translation or as they initially penned it, is what makes them Bloomers.
Han Kan was born in South Korea in 1970. She comes from a literary family: her father is the fiction writer Han Seung-won, and her brother, Han Dong Rim, is also an author. Han Kang studied literature at Yonsei University and now teaches creative writing at the Seoul Institute of the Arts. She earned acclaim in South Korea when one of her poems was published there in 1993, followed by a shorty story in 1994. She has won the Yi Sang Literary Prize, Today’s Young Artist Award, and the Korean Literature Novel Award, but her fame…
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