Beyond the Book with Author Jung Young Moonat Crow Collection of Asian Art
In partnership with Deep Vellum Publishing, South Korea’s eccentric, award-winning contemporary master talks about his novel Vaseline Buddha, which delves into subconscious worlds blending reality and imagination.
A tragicomic odyssey told through free association from South Korea’s most enigmatic and handsome contemporary author scrubs the depths of the human psyche to achieve a higher level of consciousness equal to Zen meditation. The story opens when our sleepless narrator thwarts a would-be thief outside his moonlit window, then delves into his subconscious imagination to explore a variety of geographical and mental locations—real, unreal, surreal—to explore the very nature of reality: from a treacherous flight in the mountains of Nepal to a park bench in Budapest to a bizarre conversation in Amsterdam to an encounter with an inflatable rubber dolphin floating in a small river in provincial France.
About the Author: Jung Young Moon was born in Hamyang, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea in 1965. Mr. Jung graduated from Seoul National University with a degree in psychology, and made his literary début in 1996 with the novel, A Man Who Barely Exists. Jung is also an accomplished translator who has translated more than forty books from English into Korean, including works by John Fowles, Raymond Carver, and Germaine Greer. In 2005 Jung was invited to participate in the University of Iowa’s prestigious International Writing Program, and in 2010 he spent three months in a residency at the University of California-Berkeley’s Center for Korean Study. In 2012 he won three of Korea’s most prestigious literary awards for his novel A Contrived World, just out from Dalkey Archive in spring 2016, who also published his short story collection A Most Ambiguous Sunday and Other Stories in 2014. His works have been translated into numerous languages, and he is widely read in France & Germany, where he enjoys tremendous critical acclaim & popular appeal.
Jung Young Moon‘s tour of the United States is made possible through the generous support of the Literature Translation Institute of Korea.