Event Details

  • Date: 16 August 2024, 12pm (BST)
  • Venue: Korean Cultural Centre UK
  • Free admission, RSVP Required

Renowned translator of the International Booker Prize shortlisted novel Cursed Bunny, Anton Hur returns with his debut novel ‘Toward Eternity’.

Toward Eternity explores the unexpected consequences of progress, imagining when technology is catching up with biology. It is a thought-provoking novel that challenges the notion of what makes us human—and how love survives even the end of that humanity.

During the event, Clare Richards, the co-translator of BTS: Beyond the Story will be moderating the event, talking about his inspiration, imagination and themes behind the novel. An in-person event at the Korean Cultural Centre, join us for a discussion about this upcoming debut novel.

“Anton Hur emerges as one of the most exciting translators, and now authors, of our generation. Toward Eternity develops a surreal and subversive terrain of nanite swarms, exploding memories, and symphonic poetry.”

— E. J. Koh, author of The Liberators

Toward Eternity

Exploring the nature of intelligence and the unexpected consequences of progress, the meaning of personhood and life, and what we really have to fear from technology and the future, Toward Eternity is a gorgeous, thought-provoking novel that challenges the notion of what makes us human—and how love survives even the end of that humanity.

Author Anton Hur

Anton Hur was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and was subsequently raised in six different countries on four different continents, including British Hong Kong, Ethiopia, the United States, and Thailand, but spent most of his time in Korea. He has worked as an interpreter and translator for more than two decades, and in 2022, was double-longlisted and shortlisted for the International Booker Prize, the first translator of colour to do so. In 2023, his translation of Bora Chung’s Cursed Bunny was shortlisted for the National Book Awards. He divides his time between Seoul and the science fiction-y island of Songdo with his husband.

Moderator Clare Richards

Clare Richards is a literary translator working from Korean. Her debut novel translation, Kang Hwagil’s gothic thriller Another Person, was released with Pushkin Press in 2023, and in 2024 her translation of Kang’s short story The Lake was awarded the Jules Chametzky Prize. In 2023, Clare co-translated the New York Times Bestseller BTS: Beyond the Story with Anton Hur and Slin Jung, and her next book translation, Yeon Somin’s The Healing Season of Pottery, is upcoming with Viking (UK) and Algonquin (US). clarerichards.crd.co @clarehannahmary