Bae Myung-hoon (b.1978) began his literary career with the Daehak Literary Award in 2004 and the Science Technology Creative Writing Award in 2005 for his short story “Smart D.” His short story collections include Tower and Hello , The Artificial Being! His novels are Define Orbit , Decoy , Sir Chancellor , and The Proposal .
Bae Suah made her literary debut in 1993 in the quarterly Fiction and Philosophy with “The Dark Room of Nineteen Eighty-Eight.” She is the author of the short story collection Green Apples Along the Highway (2002), and the novella Nowhere to Be Found (1998), and the novels Sunday Sukiyaki Restaurant (2003), North Living Room (2009), and Untold Nights and a Day (2013).
Baek Minsuk shocked the Korean literary scene with his hardcore, grotesque debut novel, I Loved Candy , in 1995, but stopped writing in 2003. He took up writing again a decade later and has been vigorously writing ever since. He has authored one novella, four short story collections, two essay collections, and six novels, including Bizarre Tales from the Cotton Field and A Century of Terror .
Baik Sou Linne
Baik Sou Linne has authored the short story collections Falling in Paul and The Wretched Light , and the novel Dearly Beloved . She holds a PhD in French literature from Lumière University Lyon 2 and has translated Ágota Kristóf’s L’analphabète into Korean. She has received the Munhakdongne Young Writers’ Award, Moonji Literature Award, and Lee Haejo Literature Award. The Wretched Light has been translated into Japanese. “I Won’t Go Home Just Yet,” excerpted here, won the 2020 Hyundae Munhak Award.
Bak Solmay debuted in 2009 with the novel Eul , which won Jaeum & Moeum’s New Writer’s Award. She has authored the novels Eul , I Want to Write a Hundred Lines , Time in the City , Slowly Head First , and the short story collections Then What Do We Sing , The Eyes of Winter , The Dog I Love , and International Night . She has received the Moonji Literary Award, Kim Seungok Literary Award, and Kim Hyeon Prize.
The Turbulent Life of a Outsider Literary Intellectual The most thought-provoking conversation I’ve ever had with writer Bok Geo-il took place at the end of the 1990s. At the time, Korea was under IMF trusteeship, a part of history that Koreans will not soon forget. While Korea was undergoing such a devastating financial crisis, I arranged a roundtable with Bok Geo-il through Munye Joongang , the magazine I was afraid with. He was known as an economic expert and a cosmopolitan in literary circles. Another cosmopolitan writer who was visiting Korea, that is, the late translator Lee Yun-gi, was also...