28-year-old learned source language at 21, now wins Man Booker International
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Annamaria Amik  Identity Verified
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May 17, 2016

Man Booker International 2016 announced:

Deborah Smith was monolingual until the age of 21. Deciding to become a translator upon finishing her degree in English Literature, with no previous experience in this field, she chose to pursue Korean due to a lack of English-Korean translators and moved to Korea to realise this dream.

Congratulations to author and translator both!

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CorbettAM  Identity Verified
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Hear hear Jun 9, 2016

I read about that and thought it was great encouragement to other would-be literary translators. She made a very sound choice clearly.

I don't know any Korean but I've read this book The Vegetarian in English and you can tell she did a good job as it sounds very natural.

The book is really good by the way. Very original.

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