Han Yujoo

The Impossible Fairytale, translated into English and French from Korean, is Han Yujoo’s debut novel, but it is her fourth work after three previously published collections of short stories: To the Moon, Book of Ice, and My Left Hand the King, My Right Hand the King’s Scribe.

She debuted in 2003 with her short story ‘To the Moon’, which won Literature and Society’s New Writers Award, and which is the title story in her first collection To the Moon (2006). In 2009 she also won the prestigious Hankook Ilbo Literary Award, which could be likened to the National Book Award and whose past recipients include the Man Asian Prize-winner, Shin Kyung-sook.

Yujoo has also translated Michael Ondaatje’s The Cat’s Table, Geoff Dyer’s But Beautiful and The Ongoing Moment, among others, into Korean. She is an active member of an experimental group called Rue and runs the independent Oulipopress.

Yujoo, who lives in Seoul, studied German literature at Hongik University and obtained a master’s degree in aesthetics from the prestigious Seoul National University.