An extract from Whale by Cheon Myeong-kwan, translated by Chi-Young Kim
Shortisted for the International Booker Prize 2023, Whale follows the lives of three linked characters in South Korea, in an adventure-satire of epic proportions
Read an extract from the opening chapter of each title on the International Booker Prize 2023 longlist
‘The list is a celebration of the power of language and of authors who wanted to push formal enquiry as far as possible. We wanted to celebrate literary ambition, panache, originality and of course, through this, the talent of translators who have been able to convey all of this with great skill,’ said 2023 Chair of the judges Leïla Slimani.
Leaping from Mexico to Sweden, from Norway to South Korea, from China to Guadeloupe, from Côte d’Ivoire to Ukraine, join us as we explore this year’s most remarkable works of translated fiction.