As the Guest of Honor at the Moscow International Book Fair 2020, Korea proposes "Future-ing" for the main theme. As civilization evolves in the 21st century, the future hits us with a sense of materiality and reality that seems inexplicable, for it comes from a time that hasn't yet arrived. The future is already here in some places—progressing, discreetly entangled with the present—presenting itself in different forms amid premonitions and images of revelation or apocalypse. We are witnessing today the "affect," or embodiment, of the future, as the force with which it hauls the present forward is equal to that of the history that defines the current moment.

The future society of the 21st century has already permeated our reality in the form of a techno-utopia. The remarkable advancement of science and technology is bringing about the Fourth Industrial Revolution, led by artificial intelligence. Twentieth-century cities are transforming into smart cities, as the Internet of Things, augmented reality, and the digital universe infiltrate deep into the physical world, transforming the structure of daily experiences. As it translates biological traces into algorithms, data is evolving to create a new kind of capitalism—one built on technologies that can predict human judgment and behavior.

At the same time, climate change and related ecological problems forecast macroscopic shifts in Earth's ecosystem summarized as the Anthropocene , alerting us to the need to recalibrate the future from a completely different perspective.

One of the major challenges in the future will be to construct a new "socio-politico-literary life" that can address points of contention such as economic and gender inequality, while versatile and imaginative approaches will be required to resolve these issues. How will humanity deal with an imminent and unprecedented future in which it will face post-humanistic transitions and post-truth phenomena?

This year's book fair will be a valuable opportunity to explore how Korean intellectuals envision the imminent future, to question and reflect on how Korean literature is tackling these topics, and to find out what conversations Korea and Russia can hold on these issues.

Humanities and Social Science
Under the main theme, "Future-ing" proposed by the Guest of Honor, the lecture aims to examine the relationship and vision for Korea and Russia's cultural exchange and analyze the socio-cultural context behind the Korean narratives and the structure.
Through the discussion between Korean and Russian authors, we come to envision the world as if it was a setting for a futuristic novel.
Illustration and Children's Book
Korean picture books and young readers' literature present a future narrative under the theme, "Meeting the future across time and space," as our children and youth head for the center of the future world that is upon us.
Authors of Korean Picture Books and Books for Children and Youth
Interviews with 5 Korean authors of picture books and books for children and yout.
Participant: Lee Ukbae, Jung Jinho, Jang hyunjung, Kim Hyejung, Lee Geumi
Meeting the Future Across Time and Space-Picture Books
A video that introduces 30 picture books under 3 categories of "Our Stories," "Expanding Styles of Expression," and "Voices Calling to Everyone"
Curation: Sim Hyang Boon, Kim Seo Jeong (Children's Literature Critic)
Art & Culture
Looking into the history and culture of Korea through various works of art and culture as preparation for taking steps into a future that is connected to the past and present, in context of the main theme, "Future-ing".
reading performance
Fiction Meets Today's Korean Landscape
Readings of three works of fiction that captured diverse aspects of Korea such as Korean history and landscapes through the voice of literature
Literature Meets Food, a Very Tasty Talk with Director Lee WookJung
A literature talk introducing foods that appear in Korean and Russian literature, with insight into their histories and live cooking demonstrations
YouTube Creator Contents
Korean YouTuber Min Kyungha, who is immensely popular in Russia, introduces unique culture of Korea
A cultural link between Korea and Russia
Time to meet new arts of Korea and Russia over the distance of 9800km.
Become one through cultural connections, meet the different side of each country.
We exchange with culture and sympathize with it.
Korean Film Live Streaming
An opportunity to watch two Korean films through online streaming during the Moscow International Book Fair. The first is Korean box-office sucсess Train to Busan. The film's zombie apocalypse genre is popular in the dystopian worldview that is connected to the main theme, "Future- ing" The other is Burning, a critically acclaimed masterpiece that exquisitely captured the divide and conflicts between generation and class.
Train to Busan (2016)
Director: Yeon Sang-ho
Cast: Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-Mi, Ma Dong-Seok, Kim Su-An
Running Time: 118mins.

A divorced man, Seok-woo is always caught up at work, leaving him no time to spare with his daughter Su-an. Su-an decides to take the KTX train to Busan by herself to see her mom and Seok-woo is pushed to accompany her to Busan. As the train departs, an abnormal virus spreads from a girl who is infected and people start to transform to zombies. Will Seok-woo and Su-an make it out alive? "Train to Busan" is director YEON Sang-ho's debut feature live-action film, who is loved by Cannes with his edgy animations.

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Director: Lee Chang-Dong
Cast: Ah-In Yoo, Steven Yeun, Jong-Seo Jun
Synopsis: "Now speak the truth."

Deliveryman Jongsu is out on a job when he runs into Haemi, a girl who once lived in his neighborhood. She asks if he'd mind looking after her cat while she's away on a trip to Africa. On her return she introduces to Jongsu an enigmatic young man named Ben, who she met during her trip. And one day Ben tells Jongsu about his most unusual hobby...

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We introduce books selected for Russian translation. The translation is funded by KPIPA Publication Contents Translation Support Program to promote publication contents trade between Korea and Russia.
Children's writer
Writer-Young Adult
Author and illustrator
Author and illustrator
Children's Literature Critic
Children's Literature Critic
Font Designer
Font Designer
Professor, Bloger
Performance Director
Performance Director
Performance Director
Writer, showman and journalist
Managing editor for "Interlanguage project"
Author and specialist in visual studies and Medieval culture
Professor, Bloger
Performance Director
Literary critic
Literature Translator
Professor of Russian Studies