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Overseas Translation Workshop Program

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    05/30/2018 to 05/31/2018
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The Literature Translation Institute of Korea (LTI Korea) (President: Kim Sa-in) jointly held a translation workshop with the University of Sofia in Bulgaria.


The 10 workshop participants translated Korean novelist Ha Seong-nan’s short story “Cutting Across the Afternoon of Life”, having taken a four-month translation practicum course with Professors Kim So-yeong, Svetla Karteva, and Yanitsa Ivanova of the Department of Korean Studies at the University of Sofia. The workshop, conducted at the very end of the four-month term, involved a special lecture from Ha and a translation session with the author. Students were given the opportunity to discuss difficulties they faced during the four-month translation process.


On May 30, Ha spoke on the topic of <Bbeoggugido Bame Uneunga(Do the Cuckoos Cry at Night)> and discussed her literary vision and current subjects of interest. Over thirty people were in attendance, including instructors and both undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Sofia’s Department of Korean Studies. The lecture ended with a Q & A session with the author.


The translation session with the author took place on May 31. Students had the chance to ask questions about the problems they faced in the process of translating “Cutting Across the Afternoon of Life” and ask Ha about her perspective as the writer. Ha and the students had an open discussion on her vision, the vocabulary, and the meanings behind the events in the story to cap off the students’ four-month translation practicum journey.



This workshop was particularly meaningful in that it was the first workshop on the translation of Korean literature held for Bulgarian speakers. LTI Korea hopes that this event will have spurred on future translators of Korean literature at the University of Sofia, the heart of Korean studies in Bulgaria.

Translated Books (10)

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