Ride the K-Wave: Recent Korean Translated Fiction

By Carrie McBride, Communications
March 10, 2023

It may feel like pop culture and entertainment offerings from South Korea are suddenly front and center, but the buildup to this moment has been in the works for decades. (Check out Euny Hong's book The Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation Is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture, published in 2014.) Whether you're a longtime fan of BTS or have hopped on the K-wave more recently with Squid Game, Hellbound, Extraordinary Attorney Woo, Crashing Landing On You, The Physical 100, Singles Inferno, or many more, access to and appreciation of K-pop, K-dramas, and other exports are at an all-time high. So we want to do our part to promote K-books! The titles below—all translated from Korean and published in the US within the last few years—will give you a sense of South Korea's exciting literary landscape. 

Summaries provided via NYPL’s catalog, which draws from multiple sources. Click through to each book’s title for more.