… and it’s Shin Kyung-sook’s novel 엄마를 부탁해 (Eommareul Butakhae/Please Look After Mother). Shin is not only the first Korean that was nominated for the prize, she’s also the first woman to win it.
In the words of one of the judges, Razia Iqbal, Eommareul Butakhae is
“an incredibly moving portrait of what it means to be a mother, but also of the tradition and modernity of the family in South Korea. The novel is a sensitive exploration of the inner life of the family with a very dynamic narrative structure. The story is surprising in its complexity yet has a beating heart at the centre of it.”
Needless to say, I’m thrilled with the news. You can read the official announcement on Shin’s win here.
And in case you missed it, my review of her wonderful novel.
Let’s hope Shin’s win means that more of her writing will become available in translation as Eommareul Butakhae is currently the only book of hers that has been published in English.