Are serial killers born or made? Based on the wealth of experiences that they have learned from studying criminal psychology and covering the scene for many years, we can listen to ‘Human Malice’ and the story behind the novel from Mi-ae Seo and Maxim Chattam, who have now established themselves as the leading mystery/thriller writers in Korea and France.
Being able to imagine a different world is the reason why SF/fantasy literature is absolutely necessary in the era of stopping here and now.
We talk about the dark shadows and absurdities of society that are revealed through the deaths of the marginalized, and the boundaries that come into contact with reality.
『Perfect Happiness』 starts from the seemingly obvious proposition that ‘Humans seek happiness’, while paying attention to the noise that occurs when ‘my’ happiness collides with other people’s happiness. Through the narcissist who fell into the swamp of narcissism, relentlessly removing obstacles to sustain his happy moments, she poses a heavy literary question to a society preoccupied with harmless and pure happiness.
Recently, as webtoons are industrially advanced, the quality of works is being upgraded. At this point, we would like to invite two authors to talk about each other’s world of work, to give a new stimulus to the webtoon market, and to share stories about the characteristics of French and Korean genre comics.
We sometimes struggle with dreams and reality, or between love and stability in life (『Big Picture』, 『Isabelle in the Afternoon』), and we are also judged and criticized for being different from others and worrying about the standard of ‘happiness’. (『Aurore』 series) Find out what kind of choices we need to make so we don’t regret it and what kind of mindset we have to live to be happy.
Blanche, who built a shelter for women driven to the streets in 1925, and Solen, a woman living in the present day, intersects the story of the oppression of women who still exist despite the passage of time. The fact that the original title of her novel 『Women’s House』(Korean version title) is ‘Les Victorieuses’ symbolizes that she wants to show the appearance of ‘victors’ who try to live their lives in the midst of oppression.
Why do we only realize what it meant to us when we lost something irretrievable? Whether it is the history of a country or the history of a family, why can silence have power? Judith Schalansky asks these questions in her work 『An Inventory of Losses』
The 17 short and long writings of Chan Ho-kei, written in the state of Diogenes, seem to be disorderly grouped into one book (『Diogenes Variations』), but each story has its own harmony by matching the classical music that goes well with it. In this interview, various stories of Chan Ho-kei’s daily life and work style, in harmony with Kwak Jae-sik’s questions and reactions, are revealed in an interesting way.
The night we meet after losing someone is long and long. Two writers, Han Kang and Max Porter, tell us how we can push through that dark time and move forward while facing the chaotic horrors and broken places that come after we lose our loved ones. In the process, the scars of history and the sorrows of life gradually fade and become clear. We hope you will follow along with the gentle and soft light that comes at the end.