For the first time, a book by a Latvian author published in the Republic of Korea

19.01.2018. 10:30
  • Join in Centenary celebrations together with the Latvian Foreign Service
For the first time, a book by a Latvian author published in the Republic of Korea

On 30 January this year, the Embassy of Latvia in Seoul will host the book launch for “The Discovery That Never Was” by Mārtiņš Zutis, taking forward a series of events dedicated to Latvia’s centenary and promoting Latvian literature in the Republic of Korea. The Embassy is happy about such a book being published in Korea in the year when Latvia is celebrating the 100th anniversary its independence.

The audience will have an opportunity to meet the publisher, Springshine, a representative of its agency, Sosa, Ms. Lim Jungjin, a president of the KBBY (Korean Board on Books for Young People) and Ms. Yeom Hyesuk, the book’s notable translator. They will also hear the readings of extracts from the book in the original, performed by Ambassador Pēteris Vaivars. This is a historic occasion, Martiņš Zutis being the first Latvian author whose work has been printed in the Republic of Korea, and turns a new page in bilateral cooperation in the realm of literature.

The work by the young and talented Latvian author, Mārtiņš Zutis, has been included among the most innovative, creative and valuable European books in The White Ravens 2016 catalogue of the 200 best releases in international children and youth literature.  It is an illustrated children’s book, which, by means of witty drawings and non-traditional questions, inspires the young reader’s imagination and develops their understanding of what mathematics is. The author urges the readers to never stop exploring the world, since discoveries have no limits.  

The book was published in the Republic of Korea under a Latvian national grants programme, “Support for foreign publishers publishing Latvian literature”. Besides, the Springshine publishing house together with the Sosa literary agency is planning to issue one more Latvian book entitled “The Dog Who Found Sorrow” written by Rūta Briede and illustrated by Elīna Brasliņa.

Members of the Korean media and literary community are welcome to attend the book opening. To apply for participation, please contact the Embassy via e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 25 January 2018.

Press Contacts:

Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in the Republic of Korea
Address: 29, Hannam-daero 36-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, 04417, Republic of Korea
Telephone: (02) 2-2022-3800
Fax: (02) 2-2022-3803
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