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Mirinae Lee


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MIRINAE LEE




AUTHOR’S BIO





이미리내 작가는 한국에서 태어나고 자랐으며 현재 홍콩에 거주하고 있습니다.
그녀의 첫 번째 소설 작품은 Antioch Review에 실렸으며 2019년 최고의 미국 비필수 독서에서 2018년 주목할만한 비필수 독서로 선정되었습니다. 그녀의 두 번째 단편 소설은 2018 소설 부문 편집자 상을 수상했으며 Meridian에 게재되었습니다. 8 Lives of a Century-Old Trickster은 그녀의 데뷔 소설입니다.

Website:

www.mirinaelee.com





EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW PART I




What does your name mean?
“Mirinae” means, in traditional Korean, the Milky Way.


What is your favorite English word?
Oh, impossible to pick just one! But if I had to, I would say “zephyr.” It's one of those rare words that sound as well as look beautiful, and its sound fits its meaning perfectly. I love pronouncing and hearing "zephyr."


If you could have dinner with any author, who would it be?
I would love to sit down and chat with Yoo Shi-min (유시민), my favorite Korean non-fiction writer. He has an incredible gift of explaining complicated concepts in clear, simple language, so it would be very fun and educational to talk with him. I would ask him about his favorite books, films, and TV series.


What was your favorite book as a child?
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende. It was the first meta-fictional novel I read, and I was blown away. Reading it inside a closet at home, I imagined that I was Bastian as he read the book in his school’s attic, making me feel as if I had become a part of the novel in a parallel narrative - the most transcendental reading experience of my life.


What three books have most influenced you as an author?
- Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich. It taught me how to write violence with a raw, unflinching eye. I’ve never cried so much in my life reading a book.
- Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang. A mind-blowing sci-fi novella that was nothing like I’d ever read. It taught me that science fiction novel can be full of soul and emotion.
- The Robber Bride by Margret Atwood. Any novel by Atwood is excellent. A perfect combination of ingenious storytelling and exquisite prose. "


What epitaph will be carved on your professional tombstone?
To be completely honest, I don’t care much about legacy, about how I will be remembered as a writer after I’m gone. When I’m dead, I’m dead! I just want to enjoy my job as much as possible while I’m alive and still writing.


Complete the following line (the opening sentence of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby): "In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since..."
“Whenever you feel the world is a big mess of nonsense,” he told me, “just remember that all the things in the world are made of atoms.”
(Inspired by the words of Richard Feynman, a renowned American theoretical physicist.)


What is your next literary project?
I’m working on my second novel, Empire of V. It's the story of a dog trainer who helps dogs with behavioral problems and their adoptive families - inspired by the Korean reality TV show "There Is No Such Thing as a Bad Dog."




FEATURED BOOK : 8 LIVES OF A CENTURY-OLD TRICKSTER





전쟁으로 폐허가 된 한국을 배경으로 한 수많은 사랑, 상실, 생존에 대해 이야기하는 한국 작가 이미래의 데뷔 소설.

북한에서 홀로 탈출한 가장 나이 많은 여성 중 한 명인 그녀의 고모의 이야기에서 영감을 받았으며, 그녀는 한때 살인자, 스파이, 테러리스트, 어머니, 연인, 탈옥수이자 노예였다.

100년 된 사기꾼의 8가지 삶에 대한 이야기.




"A dazzling feat of narrative sophistication and historical invention." — Financial Times

"A gripping story set against the backdrop of Korea's turbulent history ... Brilliant and original" — Washington Post

"Enthralling ... Lee keeps readers hooked by expanding Mook's universe." — New York Times Book Review

"Lee’s smart, complex debut" — Kirkus Reviews




EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW PART II



What inspired you to write 8 Lives of a Century-Old Trickster?
The book was inspired by my great-aunt, one of the oldest women to escape alone from North Korea. Her generation lived through the most turbulent times of modern Korea, from the Japanese occupation, through the World War II, the Korean War, to the Cold War. I wanted to create a complex female character and show her dramatic journey to use her wits to survive the unspeakable tragedies of Korean history.


Which of the 8 lives was most fun to write?
“Bring Down the House.” Describing the atrocities that the women suffer in the so-called “Monkey House” was heartbreaking, but writing the twist near the end of the chapter was weirdly exhilarating and cathartic.


What is a trickster?
The trickster in my novel is someone who is not afraid of utilizing whatever means are accessible to her to survive when the rules of civilization fail. She is equipped with her own sense of justice. She does not have regrets, and she does not forgive.


The chapters are like independent short stories that tie cohesively into a central narrative - was that your grand vision from the outset?
The book is a "novel in stories." Though unaware of this literary term at the time, I always wanted to build a novel in which the chapters work as standalone stories but form the life story of one woman when put together. This narrative structure stands for the continuity of life as well as the sense of disunity and confusion caused by tragedies in life.


The book blends elements of action, thriller, romance, history, and social commentary - if you could shelve the book yourself in a bookstore, what aisle would you put it in??
If I had to choose, I would go with literary fiction. Like all genres, literary fiction isn’t airtight as a demarcation, and yet it's still the least banal one that allows you to break or play with the conventions.


If the book were adapted into a film, what actor would be your ideal choice to play the Trickster?
In the film Han Gong-ju (한공주) (2013), I was mesmerized by Chun Woo-hee (천우희), who portrays a survivor of brutal teenage bullying and sexual violence. Ever since I watched the film, the face of Trickster in my head has been that of Chun Woo-hee.





THE AUTHOR’S FAVORITE CHILDHOOD BOOK

The Neverending Story

by Michael Ende

독일 작가 미하엘 엔데(Michael Ende)의 이 판타지 소설은 한 소년이 마법처럼 책 속으로 빠져들어 캐릭터가 되고 궁극적으로 이야기의 주인공이 되는 이야기입니다. 재미와 힘을 주는 고전 이야기입니다.



THREE BOOKS THAT MOST INFLUENCED THE AUTHOR

The Unwomanly Face of War

by Svetlana Alexievich

2015년 노벨 문학상을 수상한 벨라루스 작가 스베틀라나 알렉산드로브나 알렉시예비치가 쓴 2차 세계대전에 참전한 소비에트 여성들의 놀라운 이야기들

Stories of Your Life and Others

by Ted Chiang

등장인물의 인간성과 감정을 통해 광범위한 철학적 추측을 검토하는 미국 작가 Ted Chiang의 첫 8편의 단편 소설 모음집으로 The Guardian이 선정한 21세기 최고의 책 100권 목록에서 80위로 선정되었습니다.

The Robber Bride

by Margaret Atwood

똑똑하고 냉철한 역사학자 토니, 당당하고 세상물정에 밝은 사업가 로즈, 텃밭 가꾸기와 점술을 즐기는 몽상가 캐리스. 닮은 점이라고는 없어보이는 세 인물은 하나의 공통점으로 묶여있다. 지니아라는 여인에게 애인이나 남편을 빼앗겼다는 것. 그들은 아름답고 매력적이지만 정체와 진의를 알 수 없는 지니아를 증오하고 경계하면서도 그녀를 향한 묘한 동경을 품는다.



OTHER BOOKS YOU MIGHT ENJOY

Pachinko

by Min Jin Lee

4대에 걸친 재일조선인 가족의 대서사시. 예일대 역사학과 학생이던 작가가 30년 가까이 집필한 일제강점기, 한국전쟁, 일본 버블경제의 역사의 흐름을 아우르며 전달하는 한국인에 대한 이야기

The Picture Bride

by Lee Geum-Yi

여성은 혼자 장에 가는 것조차 어려웠던 시절, 태평양을 건너 하와이로 간 여성들의 이야기는 어떻게 탄생했을까? 사진 한 장에서 시작된 놀라운 이야기, 우리가 몰랐던 근현대사의 한 페이지. 하와이 이민 1세대 여성의 이야기

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