A Modern Tale of Poverty

Posted by: Hannah Giles  |  Posted on: July 30th, 2017

Familiar thingsIf you cannot make it to Kingston upon Thames for the BKS Event BKS Diners and Exhibition Tour on 17th August, here is another interesting event taking place at Asia House on the same evening.


Hwang Sok-yong, one of Korea’s renowned authors, will give a talk on his recently published novel, Familiar Things, which was translated into English by Sora Kim-Russell. The talk will be in Korean and interpreted into English.


Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, W1G 7LP

Date: Thursday, 17th  August 2017

Time: 18:45 – 20:00


For further details or to book, please visit the Asia House website.


A month had already passed since Bugeye and his mother moved to Flower Island. She had tried to console Bugeye at first by saying that people lived there just like anywhere else, but he knew it was a garbage dump filled with things used up and tossed aside, things people had grown tired of using, and things that the people who lived there were likewise discards and outcasts driven from the city.”
Excerpt from Familiar Things by Hwang Sok-yong, translated by Sora Kim-Russell, Scribe Publications, June 2017, p.36.

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