PEN Presents… East and Southeast Asia

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PEN Presents aims to help publishers to discover – and publish – the most exciting books from around the world. The 2017 round features literature from East and Southeast Asia.  Our PEN Presents… East & Southeast Asia catalogue is available to download or read below.

A note for publishers: The translators are not formally attached to the books, and have received awards of £250 each for their work. Their biographies are included in the catalogue for your interest; if you would like to approach one of them for a project please contact us.

Winning books – details

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Lake Like A Mirror by Ho Sok Fong
Original title: 湖面如鏡 (Húmiàn rú jìng)
Language: Complex Chinese
Length: 240 pages
Genre: Literary fiction
Original publisher: Aquarius Publishing Co., Ltd.
Rights holder: Ho Sok Fong
Other languages sold: n/a
Sales figures: 1,500


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Sergius Seeks Bacchus
by Norman Erikson Pasaribu
Original title: Sergius Mencari Bacchus
Language: Indonesian
Length: 70 pages
Genre: Poetry
Original publisher: Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Rights holder: Norman Erikson Pasaribu
Other languages sold: n/a
Sales figures: 829 copies


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Star Sign by Shibasaki Tomoka
Original title: ほし の しるし(Hoshi no shirushi)
Language: Japanese
Length: 165 pages
Genre: Literary fiction
Original publisher: Bungeishunjū Ltd
Rights holder; Bungeishunjū Ltd.
Other languages sold: n/a
Sales figures: 5,000 copies


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The Shoe by Kim Soom
Original title: L의 운동화 (Lui undonghwa)
Language: Korean
Length: 274 pages
Genre: Literary fiction
Original publisher: Minumsa
Rights holder: Minumsa
Other languages sold: n/a
Sales figures: 5,000


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Tangut Inn by Yijun Luo
Original title: 西夏旅館 (Xi Xia Lu Guan)
Language: Traditional Chinese
Length: 767 pages
Genre: Literary fiction
Original publisher: INK, 2008
Rights holder: Yijun Luo (INK)
Other languages sold: n/a
Sales figures: n/a


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I’m Waiting for You by Kim Boyoung
Original title: 당신을 기다리고 있어 (Tangshinŭl kidarigo issŏ)
Language: Korean
Length: 112 pages
Genre: Science fiction
Original publisher: Miracle Books, 2015
Rights holder: Kim Boyoung
Other languages sold: n/a
Sales figures: n/a


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