The Korean Literature Night (KLN) is a monthly discussion group that explores various themes and topics relating to that month’s chosen book. Our Korean Literature Night has gone online to ensure you can still be a part of some great discussions about fantastic literature.

In September we will have a special event with Sora Kim-Russell as a part of our Korean Literature Night (KLN). Sora Kim-Russell will present a talk expanding on her recent translation, ‘The Law of Lines' by Hye-Young Pyun. She will share her experiences and perspectives in literary translation.

The talk will be moderated by Phillip Kim, Managing Editor of the Asia Literary Review.

[Zoom Webinar]

  • Event Date: Wednesday 23rd September 12PM-1:30PM (BST)
  • Venue: ZOOM (Online)
  • Available Seats: 45
  • Entrance Free - Booking Essential
  • Apply to with your name and contact details by 1st September.

The event is free of charge, but booking is essential. Please ensure that you have read the book ’The Law of Lines' by Hye-Young Pyun ahead of the event and some of the discussion will also be around Hye-Young Pyun's other stories, including The Hole and City of Ash and Red. Please note that we will not be providing copies of the book for this event. The link to join the Zoom Talk will be emailed to you prior to the session.

The Law of Lines

The Law of Lines follows the parallel stories of two young women whose lives are upended by sudden loss. When Se-oh, a recluse still living with her father, returns from an errand to find their house in flames, wrecked by a gas explosion, she is forced back into the world she had tried to escape. The detective investigating the incident tells her that her father caused the explosion to kill himself because of an overwhelming debt that she knew nothing about, but Se-oh suspects foul play by an aggressive debt collector and sets out on her own investigation, seeking vengeance.

Like Hye-young Pyun's Shirley Jackson Award–winning novel The Hole, The Law of Lines an immersive thriller that explores the edges of criminality in ordinary lives, the unseen forces that shape us, and grief and debt.

Sora Kim-Russell

Sora Kim-Russell is a literary translator based in Seoul. Her recent publications include Kim Un-su's The Plotters; Hwang Sok-yong’s At Dusk, which was longlisted for the 2019 Man Booker International; and Pyun Hye-young’s City of Ash and Red, The Law of Lines and The Hole, which won the 2017 Shirley Jackson Award for best novel. Her full list of publications can be found at

Phillip Kim

Phillip Kim is a banker turned author/publisher based in London. His debut novel Nothing Gained is a financial thriller published by Penguin Book Group in March 2013. He is currently working on his second novel and other writing projects. He has been the Managing Editor of the Asia Literary Review and served on an advisory board of London's Asia House. He remains active in a promoting Asia-related literature events.

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