Since 1987, Jeong Do-sang ’s (b. 1960) works have relentlessly explored the organizational violence and social mechanisms that suppress free will and the conditions of life. He won the Yosan Literary Award and the Beautiful Writer Award in 2008 for his serial novel Brier Rose.
Jeong Ji A
Jeong Ji A is a writer. Born in Gurye, South Jeolla Province in 1965, she began her literary career in 1990 when she published her novel The Daughter of a North Korean Partisan (in three volumes) based on the life of her parents. Her short story “Lotus-Persimmon Tree” won the Chosun Ilbo New Writer’s Contest in 1996. She is the author of the short story collections Happiness , Spring Scenery , and Dialogue of the Forest .
Jeong Yi Hyun
Jeong Yi Hyun has authored four novels, four short story collections, and three essay collections. Her first novel, Sweet City of Mine (2006), excerpted here, was adapted into the TV series My Sweet Seoul . Her novel Foundation of Love: A Couple’s Story (2013) was part of a two-volume series exploring issues of love, marriage, and family, with Alain de Botton writing the second part. She has received the Lee Hyo-seok Literary Award and Hyundae Literary Award. Her books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, and Thai.
Jeong You-jeong has authored the novels Shoot Me in the Heart , Seven Years of Darkness , and 28 . Most recently, The Origin of Species was published in English in 2018 as The Good Son by Little, Brown in the UK and Penguin Random House in the US and was shortlisted for The Tonight Show’s Summer Reads . The thriller has been turned into a webtoon and is also being adapted into a movie.
Jo Jung-Rae (b.1948) made his literary debut in 1970 with the short story “False Charge,” which appeared in the monthly magazine Hyundae Munhak . His childhood experiences of the Korean War and Yeosu-Suncheon Rebellion inspired numerous literary works like Taebaek Mountain Range (10 vols.) and Arirang (12 vols.). The Great Jungle (3 vols.) is Jo’s most recent publication. His works have been translated into English, French, German, Japanese, Chinese, and Swedish, and adapted into movies, manhwa, TV dramas, and musicals. He received the Hyundae Literary Award and Korea Literary Award.
Jo Kyung Ran
Jo Kyung Ran made her literary debut in 1996 when her short story “The French Optical” won the Dong-a Ilbo New Writer’s Contest. She is the author of the short story collections Looking for the Elephant (2002) and The Story of a Ladle (2004), I Bought a Balloon (2008), Philosophy of Sunday (2013), and the novels Time for Baking Bread (2001), Tongue (2007), and Blowfish (2010). She is also the recipient of the Hyundae Munhak Award and the Dongin Prize, among others.
Jon Kyongnin has published eleven novels, in addition to short story collections, essay collections, and fairy tales for adults. Her novel A Special Day in My Life was made into the movie Deep Loves in 2002. Jon has received the Hyundae Literary Award, Yi Sang Literary Award, and the 21st Century Literature Award. The English edition of her book I Drift on Unknown Waters in a Glass Boat was published in 2010.
Jung Mikyung made her literary debut in 1987 as the winner in the drama category of the JoongAng New Writer’s Award, then went on hiatus before publishing a short story in the quarterly World Literature in 2001. She is the author of the short story collections Bloodstained Lover , They Gave Me Balkan Roses , My Son’s Girlfriend , and The French Laundry ; the novels La Vie en Rose , The Strange Sorrow of Wonderland , and Stars of Africa . She is the winner of the 2006 Yi Sang Literary Award.
Jung Young Moon
Jung Young Moon graduated from Seoul National University with a degree in psychology. He made his literary debut in 1996 with the novel A Man Who Barely Exists . Among his works, Vaseline Buddha, A Most Ambiguous Sunday and Other Stories , A Chain of Dark Tales, and A Contrived World have appeared in English. He has won the Dongsuh Literary Award, the HMS (Hahn Moo-Sook) Literary Award, the Dongin Literary Award, and the Daesan Literary Award. He has participated in the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program in 2005. Jung is also an accomplished translator who has translated more...
Jung Young Su
Jung Young Su obtained an MFA in playwriting at the Korea National University of Arts School of Drama. In 2014, his short story “Nights in Lebanon” won him the Changbi Prize for New Figures in Literature. Another story, “Aficionados,” was nominated for the Moonji Literary Award in 2015. He won the Munhakdongne Young Writers Award in 2018 for the story “More Humane Words.” He published his first collection of short stories, Aficionados , in 2017.