Interviews

Searching for the Pinnacle of Love: Poet Hwang Tong-gyu
Poet Hwang Tong-gyu recently celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of his debut with “A Joyful Letter” in 1958. He has opened up a world of rich, unbridled poetry in 14 volumes, the latest being A Winter Night at 00:05 Hours. Hwang discusses his poetry, which combines the East and West and the modern and traditional, with literary critic Lee Soong-won. April 1st – as the nippy remnants of winter overpowered the faint warmth of early spring, I met up with poet Hwang Tong-gyu at the Professor Emeritus’ office at Seoul National University. Author of 14 volumes of poetry including his latest,...
Kim Hoon: A Writer Who Writes with His Body
He is a writer who strikes us as a tough warrior rather than as a frail scholar. He insists on writing longhand using only pencils, and shuns automobiles in favor of tooling around on a bike. But most of all, he is the writer of an entirely new kind of historical novels in Korea. Park Hae-hyun, a reporter for the Chosun Ilbo, met with novelist Kim Hoon for this interview. Kim Hoon writes in longhand, using pencils. He worked as a journalist for over 20 years before he started publishing novels, but strangely enough, he has never touched the keyboard...
Taking the Pulse of Korean Society: Novelist Hwang Sok-yong
One of Korea’s foremost writers Hwang Sok-yong reflects on his books and on Korean society with Korean scholar and translator Anders Karlsson. Since Hwang Sok-yong started his literary career in the late 1960s and early 1970s, South Korea has undergone drastic political change. He not only describes this in his books, but he himself has been a driving force behind these changes. For this he has paid the price of exile and imprisonment. The works of Hwang Sok-yong have consistently reflected the trials and tribulations of Korea’s modern history, from the forced economic development described in short stories such as...

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