Brand new from Honford Star: Lee Hyoseok's ENDLESS BLUE SKY (translated by Steven Capener)

Enjoy the endless blue skies of summer with Endless Blue Sky, the classic novel by Lee Hyoseok. Set in 1940s colonial Korea and Japanese-occupied Manchuria, Endless Blue Sky tells the love story between Korean writer Ilma and Russian dancer Nadia. The novel is both a thrilling melodrama set in glamorous locations that would shortly be tragically ravaged by war, and a bold piece of writing espousing new ideas on love, marriage, and race. Reading this tale of cosmopolitan socialites finding their way in a new world of luxury hotels, racetracks, and cabarets, one gets a sense of the enthusiasm for the future that some felt in Korea at the time.

Set against the glittering background of 1940s Harbin and Seoul, colonial Korea takes centre stage in this page-turning melodrama. Endless Blue Sky comes with a new vibrancy and presents a new world; utterly pro-European in its ideology and peppered with avant-garde ideas on love and marriage, on success, fulfilment, and happiness.
— Kevin O’Rourke, Translator of Our Twisted Hero by Yi Mun-yol
Anthony Bird