Colombia visits Seoul as guest nation at Book Fair


Ambassador Choo Jong-youn and Minister of Culture Angélica Mayolo.

A week after the launch of the 34 edition of the Bogotá International Book Fair (FILBo) with Korea as the guest nation of honor, the public looks at Korean books and illustrated novels inside the modernist pavilion of the Republic.

With a record number of visitors and one of many events marking 60 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries, Korea on Tuesday rolled out the red carpet for Colombia as a guest nation at the upcoming international fair. of the Seoul Book (SIBF). In what has been described by Culture Minister Angélica Mayolo as a “thriving display of creativity, diversity and brotherhood”, the Colombian pavilion in Seoul will be adorned with roses, carnations and alstroemeria, courtesy of the association of flower growers in the country, AsoColFlores.

Colombia will be represented in Seoul from June 1-5 with a cast of acclaimed writers, including William Ospina, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Santiago Gamboa, Margarita García, Laura Ortíz, Miguel Rocha, Oscar Pantoja, Pilar Quintana, Andrés Felipe Solano; as well as the poets Fredy Chicangana, Catalina González and Rómulo Bustos.

The delegation also includes the director of the Gabo Foundation, Jaime Abello; Director of the Banco de la República Public Libraries Network, Ana Roda; Alejandro Bernal of Caracol Films who will host the Asian premiere of Forgotten We’ll Be, based on the childhood memoir of author Hector Abad Faciolince. Representatives of publishing houses will also participate to strengthen editorial links.

Korean audiences at the fair will also be treated to a dozen literary works – including two poetry anthologies – recently translated from Spanish into Korean. Among the very first works translated into Korean are La Virgen de los sicarios by Fernando Vallejo; La forma de la ruinas by Juan Gabriel Vásquez; De viaje por Europa del Este by Gabriel García Márquez and La Vorágine by José Eustasio Rivera, among others. Poetry anthologies include works by León de Greiff, Maruja Vieira, María Mercedes Carranza, Aurelio Arturo, Mario Rivero, to name a few.

Book lovers will also find a wide selection of works already in Korean by Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez, as well as Alvaro Mutis, Jorge Isaacs, Andrés Felipe Solano, Santiago Gamboa and Juan Gabriel Vásquez. “I have no doubt that even if Colombians have been able to benefit from our contribution to FILBo, Colombia will be warmly welcomed in Seoul, and cultural and educational exchanges can only grow and prosper,” said the Korean ambassador in Colombia, Choo Jong-youn. .

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