Kim Won Il
Kim Won Il has written extensively on the Korean War. This is related to the fact that his father defected to North Korea during the war. Kim was a senior in high school when the war started and broke his family apart, an experience that was to haunt him throughout his life and prompt him to write about the war and its aftermath for the greater part of his career. His novels include Sunset, Wind and River, Winter Valley, A House with the Sunken Courtyard, Evergreen, The Way to Auraji, and The Rite of Fire. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Hanguk Ilbo Literary Award, the Yi Sang Literary Award, and the Hwang Sun-won Literary Award.