Festival Postscript 4: Free Talks (24 September)
Novelists Kim Tae Yong & Susan Choi (USA) / Moderator: Kang Ji Hee, Literary Critic
The moderator asked Susan Choi about the relationship between time, Eros and dreams in her novels. Susan replied that in her novel she reflects on how Eros transforms with the flow of time from the perspective of a young girl and an old woman who are in different stages of life. On the other hand, Kim Tae Yong said that when Eros and dreams enter literature they have the ability to make one oblivious of time and so he was believed that the act of writing incessantly without being conscious of time was linked to Eros and dreams. The moderator pointed out that a spatial sense fills the void left behind by the loss of time in Kim Tae Yong's works. Agreeing with the moderator's remark, Susan Choi evaluated Kim Tae Yong as "a writer who utilized space to create multiple layers of emotions and molded language to render the visual effect of a painting."
Novelists Hwang Jung Eun & Yoko Tawada (Japan) / Moderator: Kang Ji Hee, Literary Critic
Hwang Jung Eun said that when she read the first line of Yoko Tawada's book, which she came across by chance in a bookstore, she felt as if "I was fated to meet this work; if not now, then later." She praised the author's strength in breaking down and mixing up not just language but even the narrative. Yoko Tawada remarked that after reading Hwang Jung Eun's work she felt both of them were close in the terms of their writing. To a question about the "correlation between dreams and novels," Yoko Tawada replied that she never used anything she had dreamed in real life in her literature since a dream lost its life force once you woke up. Hwang Jung Eun, on the other hand, said that having gone through various kinds of experiences that were linked to dreams, her dreams were frequently reflected in her writing.
Novelists Park Seongwon & Riza Kirac (Turkey) / Moderator: Heo hee, Literary Critic
Riza Kirac said he was rebelling against the trend of writers producing works according to preset rules as the world became more conservative. As someone who believed that rather than being beautiful, art should be filthy and aggressive so as to make people
uncomfortable, he felt Park Seongwon was a kindred spirit. Because Park Seongwon, too, penned stories about the society that suppresses people and makes them submissive, and the people who have mastered the art of survival within that society. Park Seongwon confessed that his essay, "There Was a Time," sprang out of his unfortunate past of not having gone on a single date until he was in his thirties. Riza Kirac said he quenched his thirst for the love and dreams he was unable to satisfy in real life through writing.
Poets Kang Jeong & Claude Mouchard / Moderator: Heo hee, Literary Critic
Poet Kang Jeong revealed that dreams influenced his writing. The words he jotted down would themselves then start dreaming and
thus complete his poetry. So he was of the opinion instead of having a marked distinction, Eros and dreams were a comprehensive
power that was comprised of various elements. Poet Claude Mouchard remarked that poetry is a genre which becomes complete in a
state of incompleteness that cannot be defined or understood. The two poets affirmed that they felt close to each other as if they had
known each other for a long time. Rather than an emotional intimacy, they shared the sensitivity of literary colleagues which allowed
them to understand each other's literary worlds.