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    The best books of 2020 for your summer reading list

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    December 12, 2020
    If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha While the novel can be read as an indictment of gender inequality in South Korea (a great companion read is Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo), it is never moralistic about the women's choices, and revels in their love of K-Pop. It provides a fascinating...
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    Summer reading: 13 books to take your mind off 2020

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    December 5, 2020
    I waited almost four years to read this book. It was published in South Korea in October 2016 and was translated into English earlier this year. I suppose I could have learnt Korean in that time – but has anyone taken on a new language to read a work of literature in its original language?(...)
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    ハン・ガンさん、キム・スヒョンさん、そしてMC古家正亨さんも登場 2回目の「K-BOOKフェス」オンライン開催

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    November 27, 2020
    日本でも映画公開された『82年生まれ、キム・ジヨン』、自己啓発書として日韓でベストセラーになった『私は私のままで生きることにした』など、韓国の書籍は、小説やエッセイなどジャンルを問わず、幅広く日本に紹介され、大きな話題を呼ぶようになりました。そうした書籍のより深い背景理解と普及をめざす「K-BOOKフェスティバル2020 in Japan」が11月28、29の両日、オンラインで開催されます。(...)
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    Book review: Cho Nam-joo’s 'Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982' is as popular as it is polarizing

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    October 11, 2020
    "Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982" is only 163 pages long. Ordinarily, I could finish that many pages in a sitting or two, but Cho Nam-joo’s runaway bestseller packs so much truth, so much power in each page that I felt tired after finishing a few, and found myself needing a breather every now and then. It...
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    Bennett and McAnulty on Books Are My Bag Readers Awards shortlists

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    October 1, 2020
    Brit Bennett, Dara McAnulty, Kiley Reid and Rutger Bregman are among the authors shortlisted by booksellers for this year's Books Are My Bag Readers Awards. The annual awards shortlists, revealed on what is this year's Super Thursday (1st October) and sponsored by National Book Tokens, are compiled...
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    Poonachi' by Perumal Murugan longlisted for National Book Award 2020, checkout the full list here

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    September 18, 2020
    The National Book Awards is a prestigious annual American literary prize. Each year the National Book Awards are given in five categories, namely-- fiction, non-fiction, poetry, translation, and young people's literature. On September 16, the longlist for the National Book Award 2020 for Translated...
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    National Book Awards for Translated Literature longlist announced: Perumal Murugan makes the cut

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    September 17, 2020
    The National Book Award for Translated Literature is awarded to a translation work in English, published by a US publisher. The longlist for this year is out and it consists of 10 books, including Poonachi: Or the Story of a Black Goat by Perumal Murugan, translated from Tamil by N Kalyan Raman.
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    National Book Awards Names 2020 Nominees

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    September 18, 2020
    Two acclaimed debut novels and a story collection whose author died last month are among the 10 fiction contenders for this year’s National Book Award.
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    The 2020 National Book Awards Longlist: Translated Literature

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    September 10, 2020
    This week, The New Yorker will be announcing the longlists for the 2020 National Book Awards. This morning, we presented the ten contenders in the category of Young People’s Literature . Check back tomorrow morning for Poetry .
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    Look Aama, she wrote our memoir for us!

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    August 8, 2020
    “Everything began with the boys, and it felt like the right, natural thing.” In Nepal, among a tiny group of people that prides itself on being progressive and worldly, it has become quite fashionable to state, “I want a daughter.” This may sound hurtful to the son who might appear instead. But a...

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