Art by Kangwook Lee
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The Spring 2016 issue of the Asia Literary Review is a celebration of contemporary Korean literature from the country's most exciting young writers. This issue also includes an essay on Korean Literature by Deborah Smith, translator of Han Kang's The Vegetarian, shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize. Click here for launch events.

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Poetry | Sonnet Mondal
The four plastic sunflowers in my bedroom –
The way they swayed in the ceiling fan’s air
Were the functional year-long April for me.

 

Boeing 777 cockpit
Poetry | RESHMA RUIA

 

The cockpit dashboard blinks 

A thousand eyes

Each dial a finger

Spinning him somewhere 

Far beyond the star-rimmed sky...

Justin Hil © Lucy Cavendar
Interviews | ALR

The Asia Literary Review talks to Justin Hill, author of the companion novel to the new film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny.

Sword of Destiny - Weinstein Books
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The long-awaited sequel to the 2000 Oscar-winning film is now out in IMAX theatres and on Netflix. Exclusively for subscribers to the Asia Literary Review, we're delighted to present an extract from Justin Hill's companion novel.

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We're pleased to announce that submissions are now invited for the Asia Literary Review's forthcoming issue, South Asia in Britain, due out in autumn 2016.

For full details, click here.

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Those Plastic Sunflowers - Sonnet Mondal

In Memory of Flight MH-370 - Reshma Ruia

Sword of Destiny: Interview - with Justin Hill

 

 

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Non-fiction | ALR Staff

 

 

The Spring 2016 issue of the Asia Literary Review is a celebration of contemporary Korean literature from the country's most exciting young writers. 

This issue also includes an essay on Korean Literature by Deborah Smith, translator of Han Kang's The Vegetarian, shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize. Click here for launch events.

More...

 

 

 

Fiction | Myeong-kwan Cheon

 

This is not a story about Li Xiaolong, also known as Bruce Lee. And I'm not saying that my uncle is Bruce Lee. My uncle was simply one of the countless ordinary people who admired Bruce Lee. At that time, we were all fans of Li Xiaolong. Was there ever a boy who hadn't hit himself on the back of the head while having a go with those nunchucks? We wanted to have a fist as fast and powerful as his, and back muscles as broad as a straw floor-mat...

Fiction | Ae-ran Kim

 

My mother and father were seventeen when they had me.
I turned seventeen this year.
I have no idea if I will live to see eighteen or nineteen.
That isn't something I can decide.
All I can be sure of is: there isn't a lot of time.
Children grow bigger and bigger.
And I grow older and older...

Media

Video | Jang Jin-sung

At Poetry Parnassus.

Jang Jin-sung is a North Korean defector, and...

Video | Liu Xiaobo

The Nobel laureate's love poem to his wife.

You Wait For Me With Dust was first published in the Asia Literary Review in...

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Reviews

‘There are more poets than stray dogs in this country,’ Thitsar Ni, a leader of a Burmese poetic pack was heard to lament at a Yangon teashop. Burma/Myanmar, with its diverse literary and oral traditions, should not surprise you if it brags the highest density on earth of poets per square mile.

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