Bae Suah is one of the most highly acclaimed contemporary Korean authors, with over ten short story collections and five novels to her name. She received the Hanguk Ilbo literary prize in 2003, and the Tongseo literary prize in 2004. She also translates from the German.
Deborah Smith's literary translations from the Korean include two novels by Han Kang (The Vegetarian and Human Acts), and two by Bae Suah (A Greater Music and Recitation). Smith won the Man Booker International Prize for her translation of The Vegetarian. Recently, she founded Tilted Axis Press to bring more works from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East into English.