Park Wan-so (born 1931) (Hangul: 박완서) is a South Korean writer
Park Wan-suh (also Park Wan-seo, Park Wan-so, Park Wansuh, and Pak Wan-so) was born in 1931 in Gaepung-gun, Gyeonggi-do in what is now North Korea. Park entered Seoul National University, the most prestigious in Korea, but dropped out almost immediately after attending classes due to the outbreak of the Korean war and the death of her brother. During the war, Park was separated from her mother and elder brother by the North Korea army, which moved them to North Korea. She currently lives in the village of Achui, in Guri, outside of the hustle and bustle of Seoul.
Park did not publish her first work, The Naked Tree, until 1970, when she was 40. Her ouvre quickly grew however and as of 2007 she had written fifteen novels, and 10 short story collections. Her work is “revered” in Korea and she has won many Korean literary awards including, in 1981 the Isang Literary Prize and in 1990 the Korean Literature award . Park’s early work focused on the tragedy of families separated by the Korean Civil war, and the ongoing damage caused by that war in its survivors is demonstrated in suck works as The Naked Tree, Warm Was the Winter that Year, and Who Ate Up all the Shinga (to which Park has released a second volume, not yet published in English, Was the Mountain Really There). Since about 1980, Park’s work has centered on families, problems affecting women in Korea’s extremely patriarchal sociaty and biting critiques of the middle class. Perhaps the most vivid example of this is in her work The Dreaming Incubator in which a woman is forced to undergo a series of abortions until she can deliver a male child. Her best known works in Korea include Bad Luck in the City, Swaying Afternoons, Warm Was the Winter that Year, and Are you Still Dreaming?.
Park’s translated novels include “Who Ate up All the Shinga” which sold some 1.5 million copies in Korean  and was well-reviewed in English translation. Park is also published in “The Red Room: Stories of Trauma in Contemporary Korea “
Partial list of publications in English
My Very Last Possession: And Other Stories
Partial list of publications in Korean
The Naked Tree (Namok, 1970)