Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9782360570454
Collection: Monde coréen
13.4 x 21.5 cm
Weight: 380 gr
Pages: 304
First publication: 04/09/2013
Last printing: 09/2013
CLIL: 3444
BISAC: LCO004000

Book published with the financial support of Literature Translation Institute of Korea (LTI Korea)

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Je veux aller dans cette île

(The Starry Island)

Translation: Cho Soomi

Preface : Patrick Maurus

One of the great novels on childhood in a fishing village on a remote island of South Korea, which reaches the universal.

Since its first publication in Korea in 1991, Je veux aller dans cette île (The Island) has attracted widespread public attention, owing to its unique style. Through a series of dramatic, authentic, and frankly comic episodes, Lim Chul-woo brings the reader on a journey with him to his home island. Remembrance, tenderness, tradition: these are a few of the subjects that The Island touches on, along with the beauty of human relations in these rural communities, isolated from the modern world. Lim Chul-woo, born in 1954, is the author of various powerful works that have earned him prestigious literary awards and international recognition. Je veux aller dans cette île (The Island), directly inspired from the world of his childhood, has been adapted into a film (Kŭ sŏm'e kago sipta / To the Starry Island) which he co-wrote with Lee Chang-dong (who also wrote the postface of 'Je veux aller dans cette île') and which was directed by Park Kwang-su.

'Je veux aller dans cette île' : the French version, was published by L'Asiathèque on September 4th 2013. You can now read an extract from 'Je veux aller dans cette île' here, or a review (in French) by the Corée Magazine here.

'The Island' : the English version is available in English bookstores.

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Lim Chul-woo

Lim Chul-woo, born in 1954, publishes his first short story, "Dog Thief" in 1981 and quickly became known thanks to numerous works (including "My Father's Land", published in French under the title Terre des ancêtres, Paris, Imago, 2012). The Island won him the votes of the Korean public and a film adaptation ("To the Starry Island") of which he was the co-writer with the director Lee Chang-dong and the director Park Kwang-su. We can see Lim Chul-woo in the documentary series created for Arte by Jacques Debs, "La Corée du Sud, le pays aux multiples miracles", aired from November 2 to 6, 2015 (episode devoted to the islands: Wando and Jeju).

Patrick Maurus

Patrick Maurus is University Professor at INALCO. A specialist in Korea (North and South), he is also a specialist in Korean literature, and is the author of a large number of translations from Korean. He directs the “Korean Letters” collection at Actes Sud and the Tan’gun magazine at Harmattan.

Cho Soomi

Cho Soomi is a translator. She specifically translated a book by Lim Chul-woo, Je veux aller dans cet île, published at l'Asiathèque (2018).


Préface de Patrick Maurus (Preface by Patrick Maurus)
L’étoile stupide (The stupid star)
Matin d’anniversaire (Birthday morning)
Notre tante Ongnim’i (Our aunt Ongnim'i)
Les larmes de Mokp’o (The tears of Mokp'o)
L’amour de Nag’ildo (The love of Nag'ildo)
Les piliers de Grand-Mère Yaksan (The pillars of Grandma Yaksan)
L’étoile bossue (The crooked star)
Un cochon en rêve (Dreaming of a pig)
Bien fait, Mère Ŏpsun ! (Well done, Mother Ŏpsun)
Oncle Sodong’i (Uncle Sodong'i)
Monsieur Hwang Sŏlbong, le plus fort du monde (Mr Hwang Sŏlbong, the strongest man in the world)
Notre cousin Pongmuk  (Our cousin Pongmuk)
Au revoir, Grand Frère Ch’ilsŏng’i ! (Goodbye, Big Brother Ch’ilsŏng’i!)
Épilogue (Epilogue)
Le mot de l’auteur (Author's note)
Postface de Lee Chang-dong (Postface by Lee Chang-dong)