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Poet Ko Un Conferred Fondazione Roma International Poet Award
Date 2017-03-22 Writer 관리자 Hits 461
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<Poet Ko Un Conferred Fondazione Roma International Poet Award>

            On February 3rd (local time), the Poet Ko Un was awarded the Fondazione Roma International Poet Award at the Temple of Hadrian.

Ko Un. (Photo Seo Heun-Kang)

             The Fondazione Roma is one of Italy’s most prominent cultural foundations, active in fields including arts and culture, education, and welfare. The foundation began granting the International Poet Award to world-famous poets starting in 2014. Ko joins the ranks of Adam Zagajewski (Poland), Jacobo Cortines (Spain), and Carol Ann Duffy (UK), becoming the first Asian poet to receive the distinction.

             Ko has built up his reputation as a poet in Italy in the past several years, having been named honorary professor at Ca' Foscari University of Venice in 2013 and receiving the Italian NordSud International Prize for Literature the following year. He also became the first Korean to receive full membership at Milan’s venerable Ambrosian Academy in 2015.           

             The Literature Translation Institute of Korea (LTI Korea) provided support for the Italian translation of Ko’s Flowers of a Moment (‘Fiori d’un Istante’, published in 2006 by by Cafoscarina) and Poems of Ko Un (‘L’Isola che canta’, published in 2009 by LietoColle). As of 2017, more of his works, including the Swedish and Slovenian versions of Ko Un Anthology, the French version of First Person Sorrowful, the Spanish version of Flowers of a Moment, the Chinese version of What?, and the Russian version of Empty Space are awaiting translation or publication.

                                                       

                                                   ▲ The Italian covers of Ko’s work. From left: ‘Poems of Ko Un’, ‘What?’, ‘Flowers of an Instant’.                                                               

                                                       

                                                       ▲ Ko Un at the Temple of Hadrian, where the International Poet Award Ceremony was held.

                                                       

                                                                      ▲ Ko Un’s works on display at the book room in the Temple of Hadrian

              LTI Korea has published 28 works of Korean literature in Italy, and is preparing 14 more for translation and publication. The Institute plans to use Ko’s distinction as a bridgehead as it steps up its introduction of Korean literature into the Italian market.

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