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— by Andrea Plate: Lizzie Buehler, 25, raised in Texas, is the translator of The Disaster Tourist, South Korean author Yun Ko-eun’s first novel to be translated into English and published in the US recently.

This truly original book is about international tourists who thrive on visiting world-famous tragic sites (in this case,  of fictional  desert island off the shore of Vietnam, which proudly showcases a historic sinkhole). But it almost never got to America. “I am grateful to Lizzie Buehler,” the author has said. “If she [Lizzie] hadn’t, by chance, picked up and translated this book, it might not have left Korea.” […]

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